Memorial of Saint Mary Magdalene
John 20:1-2, 11-18
"Lord, you have the words of everlasting life."
Certainly the Lords words teach us about eternal life, and the gift of salvation, but Scripture is also incredibly helpful for our daily lives! What a treasure we have in Gods Word! Reading the Bible has helped me make decisions; comforted me; taught me; strengthened me; challenged me; convicted me; and given me cause for rejoicing.
Here are some of my favorite verses:
"God is my refuge and my strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble." Ps 46:2
"Fear is useless, what is needed is trust." Mark 5:36b
"I will instruct you and show you the way you should walk; I will counsel you, keeping my eye on you." Ps 32:8
"You will show me the path to life; abounding joy in Your presence." Ps 16: 11a
"You set me high on a rock, You give me rest. For You are my refuge." Ps. 61:3
"The Lord my God is with me. He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in me. He will quiet me with His love. He will rejoice over me with singing." Zeph. 3:17
I put the verses into first person, so that they speak more directly to my heart. When I want to memorize a verse, I put copies around the house and on the visor of my car so that I will see it often. It’s so good to hide God’s Word in our hearts. Then the Holy Spirit can bring it back to mind when we need it! There is also power in God’s Word to accomplish what it says. May we all mine the depths of scripture, and let God change us into the image of His beloved Son, Jesus.
Janice Carleton and her husband Jim live in Portland, OR and partner with Passionist Fr. Cedric Pisegna in Fr. Cedric Ministries. Janice also leads women’s retreats. She is the mother of 4 grown children and grandmother of 4. Visit Janice’s website at http://www.jcarleton.com/ or email her at [email protected]/org