DAY 112: Wednesday 15 July
Good morning everyone
When I was a child I often heard older people talking about the 3‘R’s as they described fundamental schooling – you need to go to school and learn your 3’R’s. Without being overly judgmental of those individuals, some of whom were relations, aunts and uncles and the like, it didn’t take me too many years into my basic education to discover the problem – only one of the 3‘R’s actually begins with the letter ‘R’.
I’m sure others of my generation will have also heard that same saying and quickly come to the same conclusion that Edwardian education in the UK left something to be desired!
But then when I looked into the origins of this phrase I discovered it dates back to St Augustine who is reputed to have said (in Latin of course) that reading, writing and ciphering were necessary skills to be learned.
For the benefit of younger generations reading this email, the 3‘R’s refer to ‘Reading’ ‘wRiting’ and ‘aRithmatic’.
Today there are groups and organisations that use the triplet 3’R’s for slogans – environmentalists use Reduce / Reuse / Recycle.
Replacement / Refinement / Reduction is a mantra for those working to reduce the use of animals in research.
Preachers will use 3’R’s as hooks to hang sermons on, such as Repentance / Renewal / Revival as a call to the church to wake up!
I’m sure you will be able to think of many other examples of 3’R’s.
Psalm 46 is a great Psalm of comfort and encouragement, especially in times of trial and uncertainty such as we have been living through over the past 4 months. You won’t be surprised to learn that verses from this Psalm have been quoted in 5 previous emails (you can check if you want!) and each time the emphasis has been on resting and being confident in the knowledge that God knows and understands.
In Psalm 46, there are 3‘R’s that highlight important truth contained in the words of this Psalm -
He is our REFUGE: ‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble’ (v.1) - In the midst of our difficulties and struggles, God promises himself to be our refuge, strength and help. A refuge is a place of trust, a safe place to hide away from the enemy with God promising he will protect us. When our world is turned upside down, we can come to him without fear.
He is our RESOURCE: ‘There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells’ (v.4-5) – Jerusalem was able to withstand enemy attack because of the water that resourced it. For us, this is picture of the presence of God’s Spirit who resources us when we are under pressure. The Psalm promises that God is with us in all our daily troubles: ‘The Lord Almighty is with us…’ (v.7,11)
He is our RULER: ‘He says, ‘Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’ (v.10) – When we consider all that God has done in the past, we can see the way in which he has worked among us to provide, protect, and deliver us. We are called to ‘cease fighting’ God and surrender our lives to Him. When we worship God, we let go of fear and learn to depend on him in times of crisis.
In the words of Martin Luther’s famous hymn, ‘A mighty fortress is our God’ - >>> A MIGHTY FORTRESS
Sheila has been on oxygen to help her breathing but is breathing better so is now off the oxygen so her lung can be drained of fluid in a procedure due today
Given the recent announcement about needing to wear face masks in shops from next week, Karen has ordered new fabric designs and components and has upped her production line. Full face mask orders are still being taken; individually produced in washable cotton with an adjustable nose piece and adjustable elastic around the ears and a pocket to insert additional paper filter if desired. The prices are Child size = £4.00. Ladies size = £5.00 and Men’s = £6.00.
MAKE YOU SMILE:
Why does someone believe you when you say there are 4 billion stars, but they feel the need to check when you say the paint is wet?
If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?
Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and towers and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?
Does God love everyone? Yes, but he prefers ‘fruits of the Spirit’ to ‘religious nuts’!
Be in touch again for Sunday’s virtual service….