“What’s your story?”

[“The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.”
Isaiah 60:19]

“So messed up.” We become so frustrated at times wondering how we manage to mess up royal-ly. Most times unawares, the F-word manages to burst out of the same mouth that receives the Holy Body and Holy Blood of Christ. Yet you and me is who He came for. Despite the hide and seek games we play with our merciful God, he wants us to know that we were meant for bigger (hearts), better (words), softer (thoughts towards ourselves) and deeper (commitment to the eternal).

The good news for the teeth-gritting, frustrated, f-word spitting, dissatisfied ones is that God knows better and He will show us better out of His everlasting love for us.

The dim lights of the weekend that blur rather than better our vision can be left behind. We can trade illusory charm of the distant, romantic moonlight for the warmth and beauty of the blazing campfire before us – God will be your light. No darkness; the true light that gives better than Ultra HD clarity to our misused/abused lives.

There is hope. There’s a new beat to dance to. A new music to swing to, as we hand over our lives to the redeemer.

Let your life story be a redemption story. May your transformed life reflect the everlasting beauty of God’s light.It starts by saying, “Today, I choose to give my life, as it is, into the hands of the Saviour- the one who will even die for me that I may live.”

What’s your story?



If you find yourself bowing down to pressure

I used to think bae was the short for babe. My wife enlightened me, like a sage : Babe, it stands for Before Anyone Else. And I felt like a babe (a child!). Feigning ignorance, I asked: “Does that make me your bae?” She didn’t find that funny!

Besides the fact that it prevents the elders from figuring out that the person next you in the photo hash-tagged #bae is actually more than a friend, I feel it is a privilege it is to be someone’s bae!

Continue reading “Bae”

What’s all the fuss about fasting?

Imagine you are really hungry. What else will you be able to pay attention to, other than your stomach, at that point of time, isn’t it?

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Santa and Moses


Santa stood by Moses.
“It’s really hot, prophet, what with my woollen suit and all… You must be used to this,” said Santa.
“It’s ok, Nich. Go take some rest; there’s some water in the jar there”, said Moses.

Both of them had been waiting near the burning bush. Actually, the bush wasn’t burning; sparks of fire were bolting out of it. Santa was mindful of his appearance and tried to stay clear. His white beard gave him the Christmas appeal and he had no PR agency to back him up just in case his beard caught fire. Already, a spark had made a mark on his broad, black belt.

“Why don’t you take your gloves off, ” asked a bewildered Moses, who himself was sweating more than usual. Standing on top of Sinai during mid-day isn’t as fun as walking through the parted Red Sea.

“Nah, I’m not used to it; I don’t know how my skin would react to this kind of climate.”

Spurts of fire had been coming out of the bush which seemed to be turning brown. “Hey the last time I saw one of these, the bush wasn’t getting burnt, despite the fire”.

“Must be global warming, ” added Santa, trying to help. Moses wasn’t amused.

“So you’re saying you haven’t talked to God?” asked Moses.


“But weren’t you a Bishop once upon a time?”

Moses couldn’t palate the idea that such a popular figure in a Christian tradition of Christmas hadn’t talked to God till then.
“Yes, Moses. but I don’t enjoy a hotline with God like you.You make appearances with God, later Jesus, Elijah. You’re the Celebrity. I pale to significance in front of you,” said Santa, with a tinge of shame to admit that he hadn’t talked to God.

“So does he always do this bush thing, or does He speak like really loud, like with John the Baptist, Peter and all? It’s a different thing to be just human, you know?”

“What am I a Dinosaur? Heh… No, man, this is the only time I’m seeing this bush burning like this, ever since I saw it when He called me. I was wondering if He was showing us a sign. You never know how He goes about speaking to people, but it sure does stun you.”

Santa was amused by the ‘insider’ knowledge Moses shared with him. Being a bishop and later ‘Saint’ Nicholas once upon a time didn’t make one so different from other people after all. He was sweating in his suit and a pool had formed in his leather gloves. Yes, those white gloves are actually leather ones; they give a better grip while holding the sacks full of presents.
The bush was about to be completely burned out. Moses stopped gazing intensely at it and prepared to leave.

“So. .. .” asked Santa, not knowing what the proper etiquette with great prophets was. “What now?”

“Ah… nothing. If He’d actually wanted us to hear something, He would’ve come by now. So do you want to come with me or you have something else to do? “

Santa gave it a thought. After a minute, he said, “You know Moses, I’m not quite ready.” Moses could see his face turn white. Probably out of fear. The fear of having to part with the earth.

“Alright. Carry on, then. But I must tell you that the Lord isn’t too happy with all the things done in the name of Christmas – shopping, meaningless celebrations, drinking… forgetting what Christmas was for, in the first place. And somewhere down the line, you’ve become just a puppet.”

Santa didn’t know what to say. He’s seen all this for a really long time, especially the 20th and the 21st Century. Yet, he had to give presents. He wouldn’t know what else to do otherwise. And having met Moses, Nicholas acknowledged what he always knew – that life is far more important than just money, celebrations, popularity and all the gloss; that there’s so much underneath.

” Ummm… I’ll see you sometime, then?”

“Yes, see you soon.”

“Alright . . . Do u need a drop? I could perhaps . . . ” said a courteous Santa, tugging the slay rope.

“No, thanks” said Moses, “it won’t take a minute.”

“See you then. Cheers!”

They turned to go their own different ways. A strong wind blew over the Sinai. Moses’ hair and Santa’s beard fluttered in the air.

“Hey Nich,” called out Moses, “Did you actually get stuck in a chimney?”

“Ho ho ho…” laughed Santa, relieved that the ice was breaking, ” It was just those Americans who came up with that one. I couldn’t even climb up or down.”

” Ok then. See you soon.”

“See you soon, Moses”. Santa tugged his slay rope and off he went into the sky piercing the wind with his slay, taking a half turn and sailing away.

See you soon. Moses said that twice. That struck his heart particularly hard. What did that mean? Me? The world? Christmas?

In a distance he could see the birds flying towards the horizon. He tugged the ropes again, wanting to reach home faster. Moses. What a person to have met!

September 6, 2009


What every pastor can learn from Kevin De Bruyne

What every pastor can learn from Kevin De Bruyne

Just in case you are not into football, Kevin De Bruyne is a prolific midfielder who belongs to Manchester City football club in the English premier league. His contributions to the team have been pivotal for their currently unbeaten streak of games this season (2017-18), as of January 9, 2018.

If one were to watch De Bruyne play, there are many parallels that can be drawn to pastoral ministry. A few things all clergy can learn from De Bruyne’s game: Continue reading “What every pastor can learn from Kevin De Bruyne”



I rise to the occasion when there is an audience to applaud

I wonder who I am once they’ve walked out of the door

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Verses for the new year

Happy new year!

Are you happy enough?

Now I needed strength to enter the new year because of the feeling that I hadn’t enough strength to sustain the youth ministry I am in. Looks like I may be here in this city for one more year, ensuring a transition in the ministry from one Youth Chaplain to the next.

Encouragement came through the Word of God – the Word that creates and sustains. I hope this encourages you too!

Three verses came to my rescue at a time the feeling of inadequacy to lead a youth ministry gripped me, at the end of 2017 :

2 Samuel 23:10

but Eleazar stood his ground and struck down the Philistines till his hand grew tired and froze to the sword. The LORD brought about a great victory that day. The troops returned to Eleazar, but only to strip the dead.

This appeared as I was reading Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson, a book that has found its way into my heart, family life, ministry, sessions and sermons! The verse emphasized the perseverance of Eleazar at a time his troops seemed to be losing the battle. He fought on…

… till his hands froze to the sword …

Hang on in there, Mathews, the verse seemed to say to me.

Isaiah 11:1

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.

A verse read at every Christmas carol service, yet overlooked, as most don’t listen to the lesson readings in between the melodious carols.

A stump is what is left after a tree is chopped down. It bears no hope for fruit bearing or growth. It’s a sign of destruction and hopelessness. Yet Isaiah, driven my the prophetic vision conveys the imagination of the God he serves :

There is hope even for a stump.

God will enable life to emerge even from that which is dead and hopeless.

That’s enough for me and the ministry I am given. It’s not me who is leading it, but the Lord God, the creator and sustainer of life. Not only will a shoot come out of the stump, but also will the root bear fruit!

Isaiah 42:16

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.

This passage lit up again while I went through a sermon I had prepared in October. It reinforced the above two verses. Together with these, I entered the new year with great hope and I wish you do too.

I was wondering how to sustain the momentum and growth of this ministry I am in. Sure it’s what I have always wanted to do! Now it needs further growth, more impact and expansion. And I don’t exactly know how, although I have made plans for the year. You could say, I am blind and can’t see the way forward.

But this verse, yet again from Isaiah, reminded me to hold the hand of the one I serve and just walk along, to places that I never knew. That’s super exciting. And he will shed light amidst darkness and make rough places smooth.

That’s enough. All I need for a new year is here. Now all that we might need is coming back and reading these verses every day.

I hope these verses encourage you. Let it brighten up your heart and fill your limbs and joints with strength. May the Word of God spur your will to be the blessing to this world you are meant to be.