In times of uncertainty, Scripture is our consolation as Christians. In my stewardship message that went out with the November newsletter, I encouraged everyone in the parish to memorize one or of the following short verses:
Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for God who has promised is faithful.
Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.
God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7
I also promised memorization aids. Here’s one. If you’re like me, you are being tempted to grab your phone and check the news every 3 minutes or so. My smart phone has a “lock screen” and I can change that image to whatever I want. So, I thought, why not change it to one of these Scripture verses! You can find lock screen images for all three verses at www.holyapostlespa.org/phone You’ll have to navigate to this web page on your phone and then click on the image to download it. If you don’t already know how, you can google “change lock screen image” along with the type of phone you have, and you will be able to find instructions on how to make your newly saved image into your lock screen image. Then, all you’ve got to do is commit to reading the verse in its entirety before you unlock your phone, each and every time. You’ll have the verse memorized in no time with minimal effort.
Be strong. Have courage. Hold fast.