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From the Vicar_March 2012

Posted by on Thursday, March 8, 2012 Under: Vicar's Monthly Letters
Dear Friends wherever,
 
At the end of last year I was asked to go and visit  woman going through a very difficult time because of bereavement. While I was with her I asked her if she would like me to write down some Bible verses which might help her, and when I phoned her up this year she told me that she had been using them to buoy herself up and to build up her faith. Certainly, I have found it EXTREMELY helpful myself to have some Bible verses in my head, so that I can use them at times of difficulty. 

And after all, Jesus used the Bible as a weapon to help him in his temptations. Three times he was tempted, we are told, and each time he replied, "It is written . . ." He had learned verses from the Jewish scriptures, and he had them in his mind ready to help him at tough times.


What's good enough for Jesus must be good for us too! I remember when I was going through a time of depression years ago, I got to know one verse so well that it was in my head as I woke up every morning:


"The Steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness."


I thought it might be appropriate to begin Lent, but to carry on all year, to have a Verse of the Month, in church and in the magazine. I will give it in two versions, and I do encourage you, if you find it helpful, t learn one of them by heart and perhaps put it by your mirror. Then you will have it in your head for if you might need it at a difficult time. Let's be like Jesus and be able to quote helpful scripture!


With best wishes,

Chris


VERSE OF THE MONTH:

"The Steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness." OR The Lord's true love is surely not spent, nor has his compassion failed; they are new every morning, so great is his constancy."

(Lamentations 3: 22,23)

In : Vicar's Monthly Letters 



 

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