When I was a child in Sunday School, we would get a star by our name on a tall chart for every Bible verse we memorized. Most of those verses are still with me:
“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want;” “Blessed is the one who does not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread…but their delight is in the law of the Lord;” “Make a joyful noise to the Lord all the lands;” “Let the children come to me and do not hinder them…”
These words really became a part of the script of my life. They serve as anchors and as guides. They helped me to know that I was a part of a bigger story. Without them, I would have had to find that script in other words – other stories taken from the world around us. Those other scripts and stories are often ones of violence, greed, lust, and shame.
This Sunday, I am beginning a summer series of sermons on Favorite Bible Verses. I asked you what your favorite passage was and many of you responded. Many of you had a hard time narrowing it down and sent me several verses (I counted them anyway!). Not only did you share verses, but many of you had a story to tell about why this verse was important to you. It helped you through a difficult time. It provides you with guidance. You keep it posted on your phone, or desk, or mirror. It was obvious that these verses had deep meaning and power for you.
The verses/passages you shared were from all over the place – but similar favorites did emerge. Over the next six weeks, we will look at these favorites:
• Philippians 4:6-13
• Jeremiah 29:11
• Romans 8
• Matthew 6:25-34
• Psalm 23
• John 3:16
• Micah 6:8