The Very Rev. Shahid P. Mehraj

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32

Freedom is a blessing, no matter whether it is geographical, Economical or Religious. Freedom plays an vital role in the development of the nations, society and individuals.

With the advent of the month of August, we see the fervor regarding the preparations to celebrate the Independence day, through out in our beloved country, Pakistan.

Proper measures are taken to celebrate the Independence day on government level as well as private sector. Independence day is a day to give thanks to God Almighty that He blessed us with a separate and independent country under the dynamic leadership of father of the nation Quaide-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. This is the day to pay tribute and remember all the sacrifices given for the freedom and existence of this beloved land without any discrimination of cast, creed, color or religion.

The terrorism has polluted the international and national scenario with the innocent blood of the victims of the terrorist attacks. They have made the people homeless and has forced them to leave their native land and become refugees.

The killing of women in the name of Honor killing has become a routine matter, torture in torture cells  on innocent people, forced and bounded child labour, children sexual abuse and kidnapping has make the parents life horrible and miserable.

On the basis of power and money, land mafia, hypocrisy, injustice and double standards have deprived us from progress which the other nations have achieved.

The day of independence is the day of renewing that we should overcome our greeds,curse and nepotism.

We should break the egotism and confess our mistakes. Change does not come from outside it come with the internal change through transformation, change in our behavior and attitude. We should follow the truth and love because truth is the path which leads us in right direction.

Lets make a resolve to know and follow the path of truth to get the real fruits of freedom that people of our country should live a life of dignity and prosperity.  

Prayer

O God Almighty, Who art the author of peace and lover of concord, in knowledge of Whomstandeth our eternal life, whose service is perfect freedom:

Defend us thy humble servants in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in thy defense, may not fear the power of any adversities; through your mighty WORD. Amen

We wish you all a very happy & blessed independence day

–The writer is Dean of Lahore Cathedral