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Words of Comfort

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My father was never a religious man in the churchgoing sense, but in his last years he returned every day to Psalm 46 in the King James Bible, which begins:

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.”

It was the passage my brother read and reread to him as he lay dying, as his earth was being “removed.” By this time, his Bible was so worn that it had to be held together by rubber bands. As the minister said at his memorial service, “Here is a book that has seen some use.”

~ Thomas Newkirk


Written by MattAndJojang

February 22, 2011 at 9:49 am

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  1. From earthquake-stricken New Zealand to the shifting political sands in the Middle East, there are whole nations that could take comfort from those words.

    And of course, there are those in your own country who are dealing again with the volcanos. The mountains being carried into the midst of the sea isn’t just poetry, unfortunately.


    February 22, 2011 at 11:57 pm

  2. Very true, Linda.

    Just a few days ago we had a scare when we experienced also a strong earthquake in the place where we’re staying.Sometimes I wonder if we’re living in the apocalyptic times described in the Bible…

    During these trying and challenging times it makes perfect sense to turn to God. Personally, I believe that it is only with God’s help that we can surmount the difficulties we face…

    ~ Matt


    February 23, 2011 at 8:54 am

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