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Monday, April 25, 2011

My new favorite Bible verse

Since I was a child watching "The Waltons" on television, I have loved the verse, "Jesus wept," because, to be honest, it was short enough for me to remember.

I have also loved the 23rd Psalm, a poem that has been especially comforting throughout my time with tumors:
23The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green [1] pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest [2] my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. [3]

Also comforting has been this passage from Isaiah:

28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. 29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew [7] their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 40:28-31

Now, however, I have a new favorite. This verse speaks to the importance of being sullen and quiet early in the morning, even if you're the cheerful type:
Proverbs 27:14
"He that blesses his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him." (American King James Version).

Many thanks to my minister Jim for sharing such wisdom on Easter morning.

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