Matthew 18:20 (NRSV)
20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”
Like many of you, we are eating from our freezer. The other night Kevin found “Church Lady Apple Pie” (much like Trinity’s meat pies) which we baked up. As I warmed mine and put cheese on it I asked the boys if they knew the expression “Apple pie without the cheese is like a kiss without the squeeze!” You can imagine the look I got!! It’s something my dad always said, and I imagine it is familiar to many of you.
We have many saying and expressions like that – words that communicate an idea or words of wisdom that we rely on.
Like: “One in the hand is better than two in the bush.” “Six of one, half a dozen of the other.” (On a side note, I have also realized how many of our expressions are racially insensitive, so it’s helpful to really hear them before deciding to use them.) They become part of our vernacular.
I think many of us experience the same with scripture. There are certain readings, verses from the Bible that live within us or that we find comforting. Sometimes they guide our actions (If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. Matt 5:38) and other times they bring us comfort (Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27).
In this time when we are not able to be together, I trust in the words above, that Christ is with us wherever we are. Even if we are alone in our own homes, I trust that Christ is there.
So, I’m curious, what are the bible verses that you rely on? That feed your soul? Can you post them around your house as a reminder for the next few weeks? Do you recite them as you rise each day, to reassure you that you are not alone? Allow God’s Word to speak to you and speak through you today.
God of the Word, God of Inspiration, help us to hear your Word for us today as we each experience this time of uncertainty in different ways. Help us to trust in the healing power of your Word.
Creator, give us words that we can offer You in prayer; words that express our fears, our hopes, our concerns for others and our gratitude. God, hear our prayers…..
In hope, we pray. Amen.
To listen and sing: (this is not the best recording, but I pray it will touch you)