"I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (New Living Translation)
When I was young and preparing for my confirmation, our entire class shared a common enemy - memory work! I could not understand why I needed to memorize bible verses when all I had to do was look them up if I wanted to read them. I think I may have even been young and brave enough to ask pastor why we had to memorize!!!
Well kids, let me tell you why it is so important to memorize bible verses and creeds and hymns. Because there will come a time when you will be going about your day to day life and then…WHAM! From out of no where; tragedy strikes. In that moment, and there will be at least one in your life, those verses will come to you. They will play in your head clear and true, and they will bring you comfort when nothing else can.
Today when I needed it most, an old hymn came to me and I stopped and sang it, out loud, to my baby girl.
I Am Jesus Little Lamb
I am Jesus' little lamb,
Ever glad at heart I am;
For my Shepherd gently guides me,
Knows my need, and well provides me,
Loves me every day the same,
Even calls me by my name.
Day by day, at home, away,
Jesus is my Staff and Stay.
When I hunger, Jesus feeds me,
Into pleasant pastures leads me;
When I thirst, He bids me go
Where the quiet waters flow.
Who so happy as I am,
Even now the Shepherd's lamb?
And when my short life is ended,
By His angel host attended,
He shall fold me to His breast,
There within His arms to rest.
The Lutheran Hymnal Hymn #648
Henriette L. von Hayn
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