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‘The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.’ Deuteronomy 33:27 Comment We have various friends who are struggling with sickness at the moment.  Having had a few episodes in our marriage during which I’ve been ill with depression, we were blown away by how much it affected the one in the marriage who wasn’t ill.  They were...

The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me. The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me. In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears. Psalm 18:4-6 Comment Most...

Elijah was afraid and fled for his life. He went to Beersheba, a town in Judah, and he left his servant there. Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life, for I am...

Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 (NLT) Comment Do you get bogged down with stuff? I do. I can get bogged down with my never ending to do list, work deadlines, money etc. I can also get bogged down with the things I feel – like worrying I’m not a good...

Background: Jacob (Joseph’s father) has just died. Joseph threw himself upon his father and wept over him and kissed him. Then Joseph directed the physicians in his service to embalm his father Israel. So the physicians embalmed him, taking a full forty days, for that was the time required for embalming. And the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days. Gen...

Scripture: I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night. Psalm 63:6 (NLT) Comment: Do you ever lie awake at night? Sometimes we can both find ourselves tossing and turning. Sometimes, it’s just me that is trying desperately to get to sleep and yet my mind is struggling to settle. I try lying in different positions. Again...

Scripture: O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. Psalm 63:1 (NLT) Comment: How do you feel about what’s in the news these days? I have to admit to feeling downright depressed when I hear...