What We Are Learning April 2020
For a little over a year now, we have been applying ourselves to memorizing God’s Word. Each Sunday morning, we have a brief portion of the service in which church members can walk to the front and share a memorized Bible verse. During this time, there is no commentary, preaching, or apology for words stumbled over – just a pure recitation of scripture. Some of us have committed whole passages to memory, and others have memorized the Word in bite-sized pieces, one scripture at a time. In either case, this attention to the Bible and the commitment to trace over it, time and time again, in our minds has proven to be valuable. In recent weeks, as various church members have faced fears and uncertainty related to the coronavirus pandemic, God’s word, quietly stored away in our hearts through this exercise has brought us comfort, strength, and hope. Moreover, the pattern that we established of memorizing, meditating on, and speaking God’s Word to one another has been a welcome and familiar activity that has provided a fruitful place for our minds to go when they could easily be overrun with fear and unfruitful imaginings. Indeed, the proverb is true that says, “He who gives attention to the word will find good” and we are so grateful to God for helping us understand that in a real way! (Proverbs 16:20).