Akwaba Everyone, Akwaba Humhum Kronkron! Onyame Humhum konkron Akwaba! Osoro Agya Susum Kronkron Akwaba!

 I have a friend, whom I adore. I have a friend who loves me so much.  The love that he has for me is immeasurable.  The love that my friend has demonstrated during this earthly life that I have lived is incomparable. My friend has been there for me in times of decision making - times when a decision that could save my daughter’s life had to be made in an instant. When my answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to her medical team could go either way. My friend has been there for me in times of walking the path that is righteous – guiding me through thick and thin to do the right thing. I will not say that my friend is always there or will always answer my questions straight away. Sometimes I have to wait.  I have to call on Him several times.  I have to beg or scream out, ‘Where are you?’ but still I trust and obey Him. When He calls me, I answer.   When He sends me, I go.  And when He leads me, I follow. We all need a friend we can call on or hold on to, whether it is a family member - husband, wife, dad, mum; a church family; a pet, or a teddy.   I could go on and on.  I cling onto my friend and welcome Him always.

Many families have a secret recipe, a special way of cooking a dish that makes it especially savoury. For my family it was fufu (made of cassava) and goat soup.  My dad used to prepare it fresh every Easter holiday or at family reunion dinners.  We would tell ourselves, ‘We should really learn how to prepare this meal’, but we never got around to asking my dad.  Now he is no longer with us, and his secret recipe is gone with him.  I miss my dad and it’s sad to lose his recipe.  But it would be far more tragic if we were to fail to preserve the legacy of Faith entrusted to us by our Heavenly Father.  God intends that every generation share with the next generation the story of His mighty acts.  Each generation commends God’s works to another.  He designed us to enjoy family and community and to benefit from each other.             

The thing that encourages me to hold on to my precious friend, the friend that we all know as the Holy Spirit, is that at Easter He died on the cross and rose up in three days.  He is risen, YES He is risen and has joined His Father.  He promises us in John chapter 14, “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another helper who will be with you forever.  That helper is the Spirit of Truth.  The world cannot accept him because it doesn’t see or know him.  You know him because He lives with you and will be in you.  I will not leave you all alone. I will come back to you.  In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me.  You will live because I live.” Where can I find The Holy Spirit?  He cannot be seen, but He can be felt.  You too can hold on to that friend who has been so good to me and is the Holy Spirit.  For those who don’t know the CHI language the first line above means:

 Welcome Holy Spirit! God Holy Spirit welcome! Heavenly Father Holy Spirit welcome!

As our churches begin to open again, and together we serve and worship the Christ who is risen, I hope and pray that the Holy Spirit guides and encourages you, that you too may know fellowship with the Holy Spirit as your true and constant friend.  I pray and thank God for the unique way He has gifted us.

Bless you all                     Natasha Appiah    Elder, Broxbourne URC