Posted by: Carey Memorial Baptist Church, Kettering | May 10, 2020

The Strong Word – May 2020

These are very strange days for us all! It seems so unusual to be writing this for May when we have not celebrated Easter together at church nor enjoyed our Easter Breakfast or the march of witness with the other Christians in the town. Odd!
My hope and prayer is that you are bearing up…you have the food and the contact you need and perhaps even finding new things to do in these days of forced isolation. I know some whose gardens look better than usual, and others who have started writing letters again using snail mail as they call it these days, despite the high cost of postage stamps!
It is also difficult to plan for the future, for anything with holidays and trips out off the agenda. All meetings I have in my diary for the next three months are cancelled! It was sad to do the funeral of our good friend Chris Knowles with just 5 of us around the grave in Market Harborough and then standing apart from each other, not how I or his family expected.
It is good as Christians to be able to recall God’s words and promises to us. Things we have skipped over in better times may have a deeper meaning today. King David would recall God’s faithfulness when times for him were tough.
The Lord is my Shepherd, he declared, I shall not be in want, he goes on to remind himself and his readers that even in the valley of the shadow of death we need fear no evil for the Lord is with us, he is there to comfort us. Or when Jesus said to his disciples in John 14.1 – Do not let your heart be troubled, trust in God trust also in me….
I like the whole of Isaiah 40, especially verse 27 :- “So why do you complain O Israel, my ways are hidden from the Lord my cause (need) is disregarded by my God…do you not know, have you not heard the Lord is the everlasting God the creator of the ends of the earth. Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.” These are words of promise and confidence as we face the difficulties and uncertainties faced by people of all generations. We have, like them, a hope in God that is strong and certain, steadfast and sure…we do have an anchor that keeps the soul!
May such promises and the personal ones you find special bring hope and strength your life in the days ahead.
So may The Lord Bless you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you and lift up the light of his countenance upon you and give his peace.

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