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JUNE 2010 ARTICLE - MALAYALAM
VOL:09 ISSUE:06

A PRAYERFUL FAMILY
{]m\m\ncXamb IpSpw_w

By REV. FR. DR. T. J. JOSHUA
[Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam]
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Cp \psS IpSpw_PohnXn amXrIbmphm\pw `{Zamphm\pw ktmj{]Zamphm\pw hnPbamphm\pw ]e DġmgvNIfpw ss__nfnse IpSpw_ \app \Ippv. ]e ]mTfpw Ahcn \npw Dsmphm\pw NneXv ]n]phm\pw NneXv Xnfbphm\pap ImcyfmWv Cu IpSpw_fn \npw \apv e`npXv. AXpsImv ss__nfnse ]e IpSpw_fpw \psS ]T\n\v \mw hnjbampIbmWv. Cu teJ\n \mw ]cnKWnpXv {]m\ A\p`hsn shfnsSpncp Hcp IpSpw_spdnmWv. {]m\m A\p`hw \psS Bob PohnXnse Hcp \nmbIamb LSIamWv.

{]m\ A\p`hn app Xefpv. HmatXv, tZhmebnse {]m\ Asn kmaqlnI Bcm[\ [Church Worship] cmatXv, IpSpw_ Bcm[\ [Family Worship] IpSpw_mwK Hcpanv \Sp {]m\ BWv CXv. aqmaXmbn, hyn]camb {]m\ [Personal Prayer] Cu aqp Imcyfpw Asn Xefpw IqSn tNcpXmWv Hcp {]m\bpsS ]qX. CXp aqpw ]ckv]c ]qcIfmWv. Hv Hn\p ]Ica. tZhmebnse Bcm[\sImv IpSpw_mcm[\bpw hyn]camb Bcm[\bpw \apv AhKWnmhpX. Asn hyn]cambn Rm Ftmgpw {]mnp BfmbXpsImv IpSpw_mcm[\bpw kaql Bcm[\bpw HgnhmmhpX. Ch aqpw Hcpt]mse ]ckv]c ]qcIfmWv. Complimenting each other. AXpsImv CXp aqpw A\yq\ambn, A`wKpcambn HptNv {IaoIcnsn am{Xta {]m\m PohnXw kw]pamIpIbpp. BymoIXbpsS hfv Cu aqp Xefpw Hpt]mse kwcntXv BhiyamsWv \mw AdnbWw. AXpsImv thZ]pkvXInse Hcp IpSpw_s \apv Cu Imcyn\v amXrI Bphm\mbnpv.

Cu IpSpw_sn \mw hmbnpXv 1 iapth{]hmNIs ]pkvXIw Hmw Aymbw 120 hsc hmIyfnemWv. Cu aqpXcnepap {]m\bpsS A\p`hw {]kvXpX IpSpw_n hyamIppv. F{^bnw ae\mn tehn tKm{Xmc\mb Hcp ]ptcmlnX\mbncpp Fevm\m. Fevms\p cp `mcyam Dmbncpp; Hcpnp lm Fpw ahġp s]\nm Fpw t]; s]\nsp a Dmbncpp; lstm a Cmbncpp.

_lp`mcyXzw As kaqln AwKoIcnsncpp. As kaqln Hcp kv{Xo hybmbn IcpXsSpXv ssZhns inbmbpw im]ns ASbmfambpw IcpXsSpIbpw kaqln Ahsf `rbmbn ]cnlknsSpIbpw sNbvXpt]mp. kv{Xo asf {]khnv AXnqSnbmWv ct\SpsXv IcpXntmncpp. AXpsImv asf {]khnv AbmbnocpI FXv Hcp kv{XobpsS henb B{Klhpw A\p{Klhpw Bbncpp. B {]Xo km[nmXncpXpsImv l Jnbpw ZpJnXbpw BIpeNnbpambn ImWsp.

B IpSpw_s s]mXphmbn \apv Hv ]cntim[nmw. B IpSpw_s ]cmainpXv: 'iotemhn ssk\yfpsS btlmhsb \akvcnm\pw Ah\p bmKw Ignm\pw Xsd ]Wfn\np BptXmdpw iotemhntep t]mI ]Xnhmbncpp.' Cu hmNIn, "BptXmdpw t]mIpI ]Xnhmbncpp' Fn aqp hmpI ASnhcbnv a\nemtXpv. Bcm[\metp btlmhsb \akvIcnm\pw btlmhbvv bmKw Anm\pambnmWv Ah ]Xnhmbn s]mbvsmncpXv. btlmhtbmSp _w ]pephm\pw kaqlnep aphtcmsSmv Iqmbva BNcnphm\pw D AhcpsS Xo{hamb B{Klhpw kXbpamWv ChnsS shfnhmIpXv. iotemw AhcpsS {Kman \npw hnZqsc Bbncpp. As Imev tbdpitew Bbncpn blqZmcpsS Bcm[\mtI{w. iotemhmbncpp As AhcpsS Bcm[\mtI{w. AhnsSbmWv Ah Bcm[\bvmbn s]mbvsmncpXv. AhcpsS B ]Xnhn\npw tZhmebnse Bcm[\ \njvTbmbn Ah IcpXnbncpp Fp ImWmw.

tZhmeb Bcm[\ \njvTbmnbncp asmcp IpSpw_sn XncphN\n \mw a\nemppv. eqtmkns kphntijw cmw AymbnemWv \mw B IpSpw_s ]cnNbsSpXv. "Ahsd Abm BptXpdpw s]kl s]cp\mfnp sbcpiteantep t]mIpw. Ahp ]{p hbmbtm Ah ]Xnhpt]mse s]cp\mfnp t]mbn.' (epsmkv 2:4142) \t{kn\npw tbcpiteantev GItZiw sXmqdp ssa Zqcapmbncpp. Zqcbm{X ZpjvIcambncp Hcp ImeLn Imhns Abmb adnbbpw butk^pw tbippns\bpw Iqn sbcpitew tZhmebntep ]ckymcm[\bvmbn t]mIp ]XnhmWv ChnsS {]Xn]mZnpXv. Fm s]cp\mfpIġpw ]sSppI FXv sblq\mcpsS BNmc A\pjvTm\ambncpp. Zqcw F{Xbmbncpmepw Fm tifpw XcWw sNbvXpsImv Ah B ]Xnhv apSnbncpn. tbippns P\\n\p appw AXn\p tijhpw AhcpsS tZhmeb Bcm[\bpsS ]Xnhv apSw hcmsX Ah XpSpsImncpp FmWv \mw a\nemtXv.

]etmgpw Nne Ip_pnIfpw IpbpnIfpw tNmZnmdpv: ssZhkmnyw FmbnSpapsm, ssZhw khym]nbmWtm, ]ns Gn\mWv tZhmebn t]mbn {]mnpXv, FhnsS Ccpp {]mnmepw ssZhw tIġnt, Fsms. ]v Hcp tImtfPv kinptm {]Xyambn Hcm Cu tNmZyw FtmSp tNmZnp. Cpw CtX tNmZyw tNmZnp ]ecpapv. CXv Hcp apmtmpt]mse honencppw {]mnm a\nmhcmWv ]etmgpw CXv tNmZnpXmWv kXyw. ssZhmebnse Bcm[\bpw {]m\bpw A\nhmcyamsWp shfnsSpphm Ap ImcW \psS {ibvv hnjbo`hnnWsamWv Rm B{KlnpXv.

  1. hnip tZhmebw Bcm[\bvpw {]m\bvpambn thXncnsv hnipoIcnsv A`ntjIw sNbvXnp eamWv. AhnsS ssZhkmnyw {]tXyIambn A\p`hsSpw. GsXmcp hynpw ssZhns Bebn \nptm e`np Hcp A\p`qXn AhmNyamWv. B Acow Ahs\ Bobambncnp Hcp Nnbntev Dbphm ]cym]vXamWv. Fm ap efn A{Xam{Xw kmnyt_m[w DmIm kmyXbn FXv Hcp kXyamWv. ImhpXs ]dbpXv, "Fs ]nXmhns Bebspdnp Fcnhv Fs Xnp Ifbpp' FmWv. ssZhmebspdnv Imhns XovWX C{]Imcsan tZhmembnse kaql Bcm[\sb ]nXphmt\m AXns {]m[m\ys IpdpImWnphmt\m \apv AhImian.

  2. hnip k`sbn ]t{Xmkv olm shfnsSpp kXyw, Hcpanv Bcm[npIbpw bmKw IgnpIbpw sNp kaqlw FmWv. k`sb tIhew Hcp kmaqlnI Iqmbvabmbn, auenIambn k` Iqmcm[\ \Sp Hcp ssZhoI kaqlamWv. k`bpsS B kz`mhw Ahpw bmYmyhpamphm Hcpanp tZhmebnse Bcm[\ A\nhmcyamWv. tbip{InkvXphpw Hcnt]mepw kptKmKnse Bcm[\bn\npw Hgnpamdn \nncpn. tbip AhnsS im]Xnse Bcm[\bn D]tZinncpp.

  3. \nfn ctm aqtmt] Fs \man FhnsS IqSnbmepw AhcpsS ayn Rm Dv FmWv Imhv hmKvZw sNbvXncnpXv. Hcpanv Bcm[np tZhmebn ssZhns kmnyw {]tXyIambnpw Dv FmWv CXnqSn Imhv \s ]TnnncnpXv.

  4. ]utemkv AtmkvXe\pw kaqlambnp Bcm[\sb Dundnpv. "Nne sNpXpt]mse \psS k`mtbmKsf Dt]nmsX Xn {]t_m[nnpsImp kvt\lnpw kIe {]hrnIġpw Dmlw hnnm At\ym\yw kqnpsImI.' (F{_mb 10:24) AtmkvXes Imev ]e ImcW ]dpw Nnescmw k`mtbmKfn \npw amdn \nncpp. Acw ]ntmmsc AtmkvXe hnainbpw aph AXns\ amXrIbmcpsXpw ]dncnpp. am{Xa, k`mtbmK kvt\ln\pw k{]hnIġpw Dmlw hnnphm ImcW`qXambn Xocpw Fpw DZvt_m[nnpp.

  5. IqZmiIfn IqZmibmbn Ghpw hnipambn ImWp Ipm\, AXnqSnbmWv hnizmknbpsS BobPohnXw ]c]mensSpXpw ]cnt]mjnsSpXpw. Imhns Xncpicochpambnp ]mfnhpw AXn IqSn Bob PohnXn\v inbpw ]pnbpw BnpXv hnip Ipm\bneqsSbmWv. Cu hnip Ipm\ m]nnpXpw {IaoIcnsnpXpw tZhmebnse kaql Bcm[\bneqsSbmWv.

tad ImcWfm tZhmebn t]mbn {]mnpI FXv Hcp hnizmknsb kw_nnStmfw A\nhmcyamb kwKXnbmWv. ko\mc ]dncnpXv: "btlmhbpsS Bebntep \app t]mImw Fp Ah FtmSp ]dtm Rm ktmjnp.' (ko\ 122:1) Cu Hcp A\p`hntep hnizmknI hcWw. IpSpw_w apgph\mbn tZhmebntep ]Xnhmbn hv \psS hnizmk IqmbvatbmSp tNp\nv ssZhs Bcm[npXv Ghpw A\p{Kl{]Zhpambncnpsav Rm \nsf HmsSps.

A{]Imcw Fm\mbpsS IpSpw_w \app shfnhmnp BZys kwKXn tZhmebnse kaql Bcm[\bpsS {]tXyIXIsfpdnmWv. cmaXmbn, {]kvXpX IpSpw_n \npw \app ]Tnphm\pXv IpSpw_{]m\bpsS {]m[m\yspdnmWv. CXn\v Dt_mZv_eIambp Nn \app e`npXv ]sm]Xmw AymbnemWv. "A\cw Ah AXnImep Fgptp btlmhbpsS kn[nbn \akvcntijw cmabn XfpsS hontep t]mbn.' (1 iapth 1:19) Ah kztZi, hntZimWv. Fnt]mepw AXncmhnse Xs Fgptv IpSpw_{]m\ \Snb tijamWv Ah bm{XbmIpXv. B IpSpw_nse AwK Fmhcpw HptNv Bcm[\ Ignpt]mp FmWv \njvnpXv.

GsXmcp `h\nepw A\phntXmb Hcp ]cnioe\w BWv CXv. IpSpw_ns A`nhrnpw sFicyn\pw AXnse kvt\l]qamb h\bvpw ktmjn\pw kam[m\n\pw Fmw \nZm\ambnbncnp HmWv IpSpw_mcm[\. AXv \mw AhKWnm ssZhn IpSpw_s Hmbn Iqntp\np LSIw ssItamiw hcnIbpw inYneambn t]mIpXn\p kmyX Gdn hcnIbpw sNpw. ]e B[p\nI IpSpwfpsSbpw `{ZXbnse ]cmPbns Hcp henb ImcWw IpSpw_ {]m\bpsS A`mhamsWv Rm IcpXpp.

hfsc {]knamb Hcp sNmpv. The family prays together, stays together. {]mnp IpSpw_w Hcpabn ]pecpw. The family who plays together lives together F Hcp parady ]mmXy kwkvImcn {]Nmcnepv. F{X hnIeamWv Cu NnmKXn. AXpsImv IpSpw_{]m\ hfsc Ahpw HgnpIqSm ]mSnmXpamWv. {XnXzw kznse Hcp IpSpw_amWv. AXnse LSI ]nXmhv, ]p{X, ]cnipmmhv Fo aqp hynXzfmWv. Fm Cu aqp LSIfpw Hmbn _nsncnpp. Cu kzob IpSpw_ns {]XoIambn `qanbnepXv {InkvXob IpSpw_amWv. Cu `uaoI IpSpw_s AcnpdnpXv kvt\lamWv. Cu kvt\lw DfhmIp DdhnSw Dbcfnse {XnXzamWv. B {XnXztmSp _w \app e`npXv IpSpw_ {]m\bneqsSbmWv.

IpSpw_mc[\sb emLhambn ImWmsX AXns\ \ \fpsS IpSpw_fn {]mhnIamWw. A{]Imcap ]cnioe\n \njvjambn ]ment Nne ImcyIqSn Rm ]dpsIms. HmaXmbn, IpSpw_{]m\bvv Hcp \nn kab\njvT ]menWw. agbmIs, shbnemIs, XWpmIs, NpSmIs, AXnYnI hcs, BkzmZyIcamb TV ]cn]mSnI Dsncns. FpXsbmbmepw {]m\bpsS kab\njvTbvv `wKw hccpXv. cmaXmbn, IpSpw_{]m\bvv Hcp \nnjvT eapmbncnWw. Nne IpSp_fn Hcp apdnXs {]m\mapdnbmbn thXncnncnpXv Rm Inpv. hon AhnsSbpw ChnsSbpw inYneambn Ccp {]mntXv. aqmaXmbn IpSpw_nse Fm AwKfpsSbpw ]mfnw IpSpw_{]m\bnepmbncnWw. \memaXmbn, ay{]m\bvp m\apmbncnWw. hfcp Ippġv ay{]m\bnepsSbmWv aphtcmSp IcpXens\nbp Aht_m[w DmIpXv.

Fm\bpsS IpSpw_w aqmaXmbn \s ]TnnpXv hyn]camb {]m\bpsS {]tXyIXbmWv. ]masbpw ]Xn\masbpw hmIyfnemWv hyn]camb {]m\bpsS ]cmaiw. "Ah at\mhyk\tmsS btlmhtbmSp {]mnp hfsc Icp.' (1 iapth 1:10) "AXn\p lm Dcw ]dXp: As\b, bPam\t\; Rm at\mhyk\aptffmcp kv{Xo; Rm hotm aZytam IpSnnn; btlmhbpsS kn[nbn Fsd lrZbw ]IcpIbt{X sNbvXXp.' (1 iapth 1:15) ChnsS hyn]camb {]m\ \SpXmbn \mw ImWpXv lmbmWv. tZhmebnse Bcm[\bnepw IpSpw_{]m\bnepw lm ]psImncpp. Fm AXn\p]cnbmbn Xs GImXbn lrZbthZ\tbmsS lm ssZhkn[n lrZbw ]IcpXmbnmWv \mw ImWpXv. Xs hyn]camb BhemXnI Ah ssZhtmSv AdnbnbmWv. ssZhkn[nbn lrZbw Xpdp A\p`hamWv Personal prayer . AXv Hmtcm hynbpsS PohnXnepw DmtIXmWv. AXns A`mhn \psS Bob PohnXw ipjvIambntmIpp. "anmXncpv Rm ssZhsav HmpsImpI' AXmWv GIm{]m\bpsS kmcmwiw. ssZhns kmnyt_m[w CXpapew \psS Dn DfhmIpp. Rm ssZhn \npw adncnpn. ssZhw Ftmgpw Fs ImWpp. Ah Fs Adnbpp. Rm At]nm Ah tIġpp. CXmWv hyn]camb {]m\bn Dsmp t_myhpw Bhnizmkhpw.

Hmcp Bkvt\lnXs apmsI a\p XpdpXpt]mse Fmw Xpdp {]mnm AhImis Hcp D kplrmWv Imhv. hyn]camb {]m\bn {]tXyInv Agenda Hpw Bhiyan. ]utemkv AtmkvXe ]dbpXp {inpI: "Hns\pdnpw hnNmcsScpXp; Fmnepw {]m\bmepw At]bmepw \nfpsS Bhiy kvtXm{XtmSp IqsS ssZhtmSp Adnbnbt{X thXp.' (^nennb 4:6) ssZhn\p kvXpXnbpw kvtXm{Xhpw Ftmgpw \psS \mhn\npw DbtcXv BhiyamWv. A{]Imcw kvtXm{XtmsSbmWv \psS kakvX bmN\Isfbpw \ntmNw ssZhns apn ]ItcXv. AXpaqew \psS lrZbn\v Bizmkw e`npp. Bob ssNX\yw \apv e`npp. AXnqSn e`np AhmNyamb B\nhrXn Ah\obamWv. AXv kzbw A\p`hndnbm Bhiyapv. \psS ]q ]nXmmcpw ]cnipmcmb hynIfpw hynKX {]m\bpsS A\famb B\w A\p`hnnphcmWv. cm{XnbpsS \n_vZXbn GImambn Ccpv Ip\otcmsS aWnpdpI {]m\ \Snbncp {]m\m hocmcmbncp At\Iw ]cnip hynIsf Ncn{Xns ]men \apv a\nemphm km[npw

Fsbpw \nfpsSbpw PohnXn ]etmgpw hnkvacnpt]mIp Hcp kwKXnbmWv CXv. \fn ]ecpw ]nbn t]mbn AXn IrXmcmbn IgnpIqSmdpv. lmsNbvXXpt]mse ssZhkn[nbn \psS lrZbw ]IcptmgmWv \psS Bob PohnXw AhmIpXv. AXpt]mseXs ssZhhpambp kwkn Ah ]dbpXv tIġphm\p kXbpw Imncnpw \apv BhiyamWv. imambn ssZhkzcw tIġpXn\pthn ImtXmWw. {]mnptm \n Adbn ISv hmXn ASv clkynep ]nXmhnt\mSv kwkw sNWw FmWv Imhv \s ]TnnncnpXv. Imhp Xm\pw thdnv X\nncpv {]mnXmbn \mw ImWppv. cmhns \n_vZXbnepw aebpsS apIfnepw acp`qanbnepw Hs Ccpv Imhv clkyambn {]mnncpp..

Cs\bp, tZhmeb{]m\bpsSbpw IpSpw_{]m\bpsSbpw hyn]c{]m\bpsSbpw inbmn Hcp IpSpw_n \npamWv iapthse B henb {]hmNI DbphXv. AXpsImv \psS IpSpw_fn \npw A\p{Klns DXcmb hynI Dbp hcWsan \psS {]m\ A\p`hw Ahpw amXrIbmbncnWw. AXn\p \s klmbnpXpw kampXpw ]cnipmmhmWv. thpwt]mse {]mntXp Fsp \mw Adnbpntm. Fm Bmhv \psS _elo\Xbvv XpW \npp. DcnpIqSmXmb Rcfm Bmhp \app thn ]hmZw sNpp. ]cnipmmhv \psS {]m\m PohnXn \s klmbnp insSpn A\p{KloXamb Hcp A\p`hw ssIhcphm Xhw ssZhw \s klmbns.

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