February and March have been difficult months for so many people. Not just from the damaging storms, gales and floods that have swept across the country, but also ongoing fears of the potential spread of coronavirus.
It is at times like these that God’s promise, simply expressed in this verse from Isaiah, is available to everyone in need of reassurance, comfort and hope.
Lent is an ideal time to reflect and grow closer to God.
This meaningful verse, from 1Peter 5, provides us with a simple and valuable message, set against the humble snowdrop.
Today's verse from Psalm 32 provides us with reassurance, through days of uncertainty, of God's promise of protection and guidance.
Proverbs 4: 11-12 offers encouragement when, from our limited perspective, our journey may seem confusing, with puzzling twists and turns. It reminds us that from God's limitless big picture, he is leading us along straight paths.
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Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptised by one Spirit so as to form one body - whether Jews or gentiles, slave or free - and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
"Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honourable we treat with special honour. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honour to the parts that lacked it so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it.
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
1 Corinthians 12: 12-27
Making decisions can often be very difficult, and how can we be sure the decisions we make are the right ones?
Today's verse from Isaiah 30 provides us with welcome encouragement.
Romans 12:17-18 provides wise and thoughtful advice for all those who may be facing conflict or feeling anger and resentment as a result of other peoples' actions.
'Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "it is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord' (Romans 12:19)
Wise advice indeed.
We offer our prayers for those in Australia who fear the threat of spreading fires, and to all people who are facing trauma or danger.
Wishing everybody in The Connexion community and beyond a very happy and healthy New Year for 2020.
"Sing to the Lord, a new song; sing to the Lord all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise his name!"
Wishing everybody a wonderful Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year from The Connexion