Tuesday, June 30, 2015

What's your favorite Bible verse?

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Last weekend my husband and I were on a road trip and I was playing my favorite road-trip game of "ask the husband a bunch of random, personal questions." It's like "Truth or Dare" without the "Dare." ;) I really enjoy coming up with silly, random things to ask him like "If you could be any character from a book or movie, who would you be?" or "If you could live at any time in history, what era would you choose?" or "Walk me through a verbal tour of your dream home" or "If you could live in any other country but only for a summer, where would you go?" I think he thinks I'm a little crazy (accurate!), but he's a good sport and plays along.

This time, however, I wanted to talk about something a little deeper, so I asked him, "Have I ever asked you if you have a favorite Bible verse?"

We were both kind of surprised to find that I hadn't. My husband was an Evangelical Protestant when I met him and he converted to Catholicism while we were dating, so talking about the Bible—its history, content and meaning—has always been a pretty big part of our relationship.

So we talked about it and he shared that his favorite verse has always been Isaiah 40:31, which reads, "But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." What a beautiful image of relying on the Lord to be your strength.

Mine, meanwhile, is from Job 1:21: "The LORD giveth and the LORD taketh away. Blessed be the name of the LORD." I find it to be such a helpful reminder of spiritual detachment and our call to praise God always and everywhere.

Some of our other favorites are Luke 1:37, "Nothing is impossible with God," and 2 Corinthians 4:17, "For this momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all measure."

I've heard of people describing their favorite verse as a "life verse" what they carry with them through the various ups and downs of their lives. I like the idea of maybe getting our favorite verses framed in our house someday.

Talking about our favorite verses got me thinking about what your favorite verses might be. Care to share? :)

5 comments:

  1. I love James 1:2 - "Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials."

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  2. My favourite: "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." (John5:15)

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  3. Oh, I do love that Isaiah verse--"those that hope in the Lord shall renew their strength."

    I have a bunch of personal favorites, now that I think of it:
    "He that dwells in the shelter of the Most High shall abide under the protection of the God of Heaven."

    "His truth shall compass thee with a shield, and thou shalt not be afraid of the terror of the night. Of the arrow that flieth by day, of the business that walketh about in the dark, of invasion or of the noonday devil. A thousand shall fall by thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand, but it shall not come nigh thee."

    "Be still, and know that I am God."

    "Behold, I am with you always, even until the end of time."

    And OF COURSE: "My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. Unless you eat of the flesh of the Son of Man and drink of His blood, you shall not have life within you. But he who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him, and I shall raise him up on the last day."

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  4. There is a moving story of a man's surviving and living through a major depressive disorder. It is entitled, The Noonday Demon. As one who battles this demon all to often, I find comfort in the promise of this psalm that this demon will not win. Amen, I say Amen.

    Psalms 90, Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision 1752

    1) He that dwelleth in the aid of the most High, shall abide under the protection of the God of Jacob.
    2) He shall say to the Lord: Thou art my protector, and my refuge: my God, in him will I trust.
    3) For he hath delivered me from the snare of the hunters: and from the sharp word.
    4) He will overshadow thee with his shoulders: and under his wings thou shalt trust.
    5) His truth shall compass thee with a shield: thou shalt not be afraid of the terror of the night.
    6) Of the arrow that flieth in the day, of the business that walketh about in the dark: of invasion, or of the NOONDAY DEVIL. [emphasis mine]
    7) A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand: but it shall not come nigh thee.

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