Friday, 29 March 2013

He Is Risen!

From the Bible:

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this?” (John 11 v 25 – 26).

“In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” (Matthew 28 v 1 – 6).

And a well-known hymn -

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son;
Endless is the victory Thou o'er death hast won;
Angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,
Kept the folded grave-clothes, where Thy body body lay.

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,
Endless is the victory Thou o'er death hast won!

Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;
Lovingly He greets us, scatters fear and gloom;
Let the church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,
For her Lord now liveth, death hath lost lost its sting.

No more we doubt Thee, glorious Prince of life;
Life is naught without Thee: aid us in our strife;
Make us more than conquerors, through Thy deathless love;
Bring us safe through Jordan to Thy home above.

Edward L Budry, 1854 – 1932.

Friday, 8 March 2013

C H Spurgeon’s Morning Devotional for 8th March

"We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God."- Acts 14:22

God's people have their trials. It was never designed by God, when He chose His people, that they should be an untried people. They were chosen in the furnace of affliction; they were never chosen to worldly peace and earthly joy. Freedom from sickness and the pains of mortality was never promised them; but when their Lord drew up the charter of privileges, He included chastisements amongst the things to which they should inevitably be heirs. Trials are a part of our lot; they were predestinated for us in Christ's last legacy. So surely as the stars are fashioned by his hands, and their orbits fixed by Him, so surely are our trials allotted to us: He has ordained their season and their place, their intensity and the effect they shall have upon us. Good men must never expect to escape troubles; if they do, they will be disappointed, for none of their predecessors have been without them. Mark the patience of Job; remember Abraham, for he had his trials, and by his faith under them, he became the "Father of the faithful." Note well the biographies of all the patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and you shall discover none of those whom God made vessels of mercy, who were not made to pass through the fire of affliction. It is ordained of old that the cross of trouble should be engraved on every vessel of mercy, as the royal mark whereby the King's vessels of honour are distinguished. But although tribulation is thus the path of God's children, they have the comfort of knowing that their Master has traversed it before them; they have His presence and sympathy to cheer them, His grace to support them, and His example to teach them how to endure; and when they reach "the kingdom," it will more than make amends for the "much tribulation" through which they passed to enter it.

Friday, 1 March 2013

Voices from the Shadows at Stormont

On Monday 18th February an ME meeting was held in The Long Gallery, Stormont, Parliament Buildings, in Northern Ireland. The meeting was organised by ME Support Northern Ireland in conjunction with the Chair of the Assembly’s Health Committee, and the purpose was to give a screening of the excellent film about severe ME called “Voices from the Shadows”. All 108 Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) were invited and, although only a few stayed right through, quite a few popped in and out during the meeting. However, the organisers seemed very encouraged by the meeting – simply having the opportunity to show Voices from the Shadows at Stormont was quite something – I certainly can’t imagine such a thing happening in the Houses of Parliament at Westminster! To see a newsletter produced by ME Support Northern Ireland about the event, please click here – Mum and Dad are in one of the photos. NB The file is 5 Mb.

The DVD of Voices from the Shadows has actually just been re-released. It has the option of being watched with or without subtitles, with the subtitles being available in nine different languages. I would still definitely recommend it for giving an idea of what severe ME is like – many of those featured having very severe ME – although I would say that it is not suitable for children or anyone newly diagnosed with ME.