In the mid-800’s, two brothers, Cyril and Methodius, became missionaries to Moravia. Before he left home, Cyril created a new alphabet, so he could translate the Bible into the Moravian tongue. Cyril worked for eight years among the Moravians before he died. After Cyril’s death, Methodius continued their ministry. Unfortunately, Cyril’s grammar didn’t work; the Moravians could not understand his translations of the Scriptures. After Methodius’ death, Hungarian invaders forced his successors to flee to Bulgaria. No trace remained of Cyril’s efforts. Cyril and Methodius had utterly failed. Or, did they? In Bulgaria, their efforts began to bear fruit. The folk who fled from Moravia refined Cyril’s grammar and adapted it to the Bulgarian language. Millions of Bulgarians turned to Christ when they heard the Scriptures in their own language. By 900, Bulgaria was the center of Slavic Christianity. And, in Russia and southeast Europe, “Cyrillic” became the common way of writing.
The providential work of God is often hidden from us in the present and only in hindsight do we see what God was doing all along. This week we will be completing our series in Judges with a final look at the book of Ruth, which is set in the time of the Judges…a faithless time in the history of God’s people. We will see how God providentially worked in the life and faithfulness of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz to bring about His will in the life of Israel. We will see how God works that way in our own lives.
Sunday September 4th we will be beginning a series in the book of Luke, with postludes in Acts…as we hear once again God’s call to be faithful in our time of unfaithfulness. This is the vision that God has given us at Valleybrook Evangelical Presbyterian church. The vision of living faithful lives in a time of unfaithfulness. When the times are unfaithful, it is radical to live lives of faithfulness to Jesus and to His call on our lives. It is once again a time to live radical faithful lives!