We Are Good!
By ARUN GOGNA
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
–Romans 8:28 (NIV)
THIS favorite Bible verse in the Charismatic movement is also my favorite. Because yes, God has been working for my good all the time.
I’ve been blessed with a good education—at Don Bosco Makati for elementary and high school for college, La Salle University and now, I have a Master’s degree in Religious Studies, attached with the Latin words magna cum laude.
Best of all gifts, I have an MD—as in Marriage Degree with good and great Lallaine Lucas who didn’t mind adding a Gogna to her name. And if most couples wish to have children, preferably a boy and a girl, well, we have them good— Andrea Helene, now 12 years old, and Yohan Gabriel, 11.
Little did I know, I was being groomed for this mission to preach the Word of God. Everything I learned in school, everything I am learning as head of a family, I’ve been able to share with the people I have been called to bring to Jesus.
I was part of a parish prayer community, the Mary Help of Christians Prayer Community. And so, I was already a preacher when Bro. Bo Sanchez invited me to join the Light of Jesus Family in 2009.
I preached in various LOJ gatherings and before long, I was already serving as Builder of Feast Bellevue in Alabang. In another second, I was asked to be Builder of the entire Feast Alabang District. And then, here I am now as Regional Builder of Feast Mega Manila!
I am the happiest about this turn of events as I am receiving big blessings–more friends who are faithful to the Lord.
Of late, however, like everybody else, our Feasts have been challenged by COVID-19. We are missing each other, missing serving face to face,
hand in hand.
But yes, God works for our good, because we now have this New Normal we call The Feast at Home. Lallaine and I have also conducted the Quaretreat (above
right),—an online retreat for members during these Quarantine days.
Indeed, God called each one of us for His purpose. Ours is not simply a battle against a virus. We are called to win a war – our own struggle to be what He purposed us to be, and to help others to win theirs.
I sit here, nodding my head, before I type a period on this piece, because yes, everything will work out for our own good.