DAY 66: Saturday 23 May
GOD IS FOR US
Good morning everyone
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has written to Christian worship leader Tim Hughes to thank him for organising 'The UK Blessing' music video released earlier this month.
The video features singers and musicians from 65 UK churches and since release on 3 May has been seen over 2.8 million times on Youtube, and that number includes some of you when we gave you the link with our daily email on 5 May. If you want to share in it again, here’s the link >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUtll3mNj5U
In a personal letter to Tim Hughes, the Prime Minister awarded him his daily Points of Light Award - a prize which has been running since 2014 to recognise individuals who have had a positive impact on society. Boris Johnson said: "At a time when our churches are closed, I am filled with admiration to hear how you have used the power of music to bring together Christians of all denominations from across our United Kingdom.
"Your sensational singing masterpiece 'The UK Blessing' is truly uplifting and has touched millions around the world with its message of hope and its beauty. "As we continue to protect our NHS and save lives, I know you are also leading efforts through your own church to support those in need in Birmingham and to befriend those who are feeling lonely or isolated at this time. "So on behalf of the whole country, I just want to say a big thank you for all that you do."
Reacting to the Prime Minister's announcement, Tim said: "It's a great honour to receive this award, which I receive on behalf of the amazing team my wife Rachel and I work with at Gas Street Church in Birmingham. Alongside everything we are doing in delivering food packages and connecting with those who are vulnerable and isolated, it was wonderful to be a small part of the song 'The UK Blessing.' To see over 65 churches, representing hundreds of others from around the UK, joining together as one to sing this amazing message, that God is for us and with us, was very special."
Romans 8:31 - If God is for us, who can be against us?
There is speculation at this moment of when major sporting events will be able to recommence and then when crowds will be able to gather in sports stadiums. The roar of thousands in a stadium is urging their team or player on with a loud message ‘we are for you’.
At a local level at weekends you could hear individual voices shouting support to junior footballers on the pitches and often deduce the encouragement was from mum and dad standing on the touchline. Years ago I did it myself when my son Chris was a player and what a delight when his name, and sometimes photo, appeared on the sports pages in the Sutton News the following week.
But there are many people in our world and community who believe everything and everyone is against them. This can result in feelings of resentment, bitterness and despair but the message that we can share is that when you feel everyone is against you, Father God is most certainly standing for you. After all he paid the ultimate price to get you back, and promises he will never leave us or forsake us in tough times. Some people may say if God really does love us, why doesn’t he just take us out of our earthly suffering which of course he could in an instant – it’s called ‘death’.
But God really needs us here on earth to be his hands and feet to support others, and tell those people you are just one of God’s little helpers. Ultimately we trust God for our security in this world and for eternity.
Psalm 18:2 - The Lord is my rock and my place of safety. He is the God who saves me. My God is my rock. I go to him for safety. He is like a shield to me. He’s the power that saves me. He’s my place of safety.
Let’s try a Hymnalong sung to the tune ‘Dambusters March’ >>> GOD IS OUR STRENGTH AND REFUGE
Sheila has been helped out of bed to sit in a chair but is still in the ICU ward at QE
Mike Smith continues his recovery – is doing his shoulder exercises and getting out for short walks
MAKE YOU SMILE: - Signs of getting old –
· Everything hurts and what doesn’t hurt, doesn’t work.
· In a hostage situation, you are likely to be released first.
· It takes a couple of tries to get over a speed bump.
· It takes longer to rest than it did to get tired.
· It takes twice as long to look half as good.
· People call at 9 p.m. and ask, “Did I wake you?”
· People no longer view you as hypochondriac.
The clothes you put away until they come back in style are now back in style.
Until tomorrow…, and remember your greatest supporter watches over you from Heaven