DAY 7: Wednesday 26 March COURAGE
Good morning all
Praise be to the Lord, for he showed me the wonders of his love when I was in a city under siege.
Wherever you may read this verse today, you will be able to relate to it somehow. Nations across the world feel under siege at this time, but God promises his love.
We can expect wonders.
We can expect God's everlasting presence.
We can expect His steadfast hand to carry us through this time.
Thanks for your prayers for Chris & Katie Jennings trapped in New Zealand. All being well, they hope to be flying home next Tuesday although the route is still uncertain if the US are going to close their airspace. The latest option would be coming via Singapore (aargh!… Karen and I should have been flying to Singapore end of next week…). Anyway, the news of Chris & Katie will be reassuring for Jack & Christine and Linda Lord and it will be good to know they are safely back home (even though self-isolated for 2 weeks!)
Linda has forwarded the following prayer from a book by Adrian Plass -
When We Need Courage.
Lord Jesus, we have no idea where you will take us when we’ve made the decision to follow you, but we really don’t want to let you down when the crunch comes.
Whether we are falling through the holes in our lives or facing disturbing situations or simply trying to represent you to those we meet or speak to every day,
help us to turn our eyes away from the security of this world and focus on you.
We know that there will be risks and challenges and even danger in the situations to which you lead us.
Prepare us, support us, give us courage, forgive us when we stumble and lose heart.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for dying for us.
Thank you for persevering with us.
Stay close, Lord, Amen.
Linda suggests this chorus is also an encouragement to us:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in his wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.
Karen’s reading this morning included - 2 Kings 6:15-17
15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.
16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
The encouragement is that when we feel overwhelmed (re-read the Chapel March Notices front page), and fear and panic surround us, remember God has promised never to leave or abandon us.
Deuteronomy 31:6 - Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Jeremiah 1:8 - Do not be afraid, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.
Today’s Hymnalong > http://falconlodgechapel.sermon.net/main/hymnalong/21559247
· Whilst most of us are restricted to going out once a day for a walk or to buys essentials, Chris Brookes has received medical instructions to ‘stay in the house’ for 12 weeks. Chris’s son Matthew will be doing the errands so please pray for both Chris and Matthew over the coming weeks.
· Please continue to pray for Natalie who is very much on the ‘front-line’ and peace for Anne and Paul as obviously they are concerned for her.
· Rose Bamber has been readmitted to hospital earlier this week
· Don’t forget the others who are also particularly vulnerable at this time because of underlying health issues
· Also pray for all those who are isolated living on their own – and then give them a call!
· Pray for families who are struggling with the kids out of school but the grandparents can’t see them or help
· And once again pray for all those worried about their jobs and how they will pay their bills
Have a good day full of God’s courage to serve others
With our love
Wesley & Karen