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Holy Saturday, April 3

Contributed by Mihye Park

1 Peter 4:1-8

The end of all things is near; therefore,
be serious and discipline yourselves for the sake of your prayers.


Throughout the letter of 1 Peter, I believe the apostle tried to teach us how to
live our lives in the last days of salvation until Christ’s return.
Our salvation is given by grace and is received by faith. Not only can we
enjoy this generous gift but also, we should have ourselves focused on how to
please God. God asks us to faithfully stay connected with Him. We are
taught by the Bible that we should continue to pray and keep our mind and
ears open to hear His voice and to discern His will. However, we get easily
distracted by many issues in life, and it seems difficult to remain awake.
Jesus told his disciples at the garden of Gethsemane: “Keep awake and pray
that you may not come into the time of trial;” (Mark 32:38). The message is
still clear for us today.
How often do we try to figure out what Jesus would do in a certain situation?
This was one of my morning prayers, asking for wisdom and discernment for
the day. Since early 2020 we have been living in an unpredictable era under
the pandemic, and I suddenly started wondering how much time I made for
prayers recently. It seems too difficult to find the reason why and how we are
thrown into the predicament of the current pandemic, especially when we
cannot find anything wrong in what we have done. Do we think we are
suffering unjustly? Maybe. Nevertheless, I believe God still asks us to
continue our prayers even in times of crisis and trial. As the Bible says, God
wants to shape us in the way we should live. Through suffering, we are not
punished but rather we are purified to be in full effect for His glory.

Help us, Lord, to be watchful and to keep praying to find your voice so we will
not be tempted in this troubled and greedy world.

Mihye Park is the Housing Manager of the residence at St. Andrew’s Hall, looking after daily
administration of the housing office for residents/students and applicants.