4th June 2017
You are with me
Almost everyday in the media, we see tragic events taking place somewhere in our world. Though seeing and hearing events through the media keep us detached, the media is still able to bring distant events closer to us.
But there is however, nothing like tragedy happening in our own neighbourhood, to make closeness ever so much more real, even if only seen in the media. The impact is real, the experience is real, the tragedy is real, the immediacy is real, the reality that it could happen to me becomes real. When we see a young person, a child, a baby killed, the true horror is made real.
Yesterday I visited a member who now lives in a care home. For her what is real, is in her distant past. She is suffering with dementia, and yet, she was fully aware of the reality of recent tragic events. Together we shared a time of prayer, Bible reading and discussion. She wanted to be assured that God is with us in every circumstance, tragic and joyful. Below is the scripture we shared. The words of the Bible remain as real to her today as it did when she herself was a child :
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures: he leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul: he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies: you anoint my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Revd. Mark Robinson