To Remember

My verse memory has taken a nose dive. Last year I thought it would be neat for the kids and I to memorize Psalm 51. We got about halfway through it together, then I worked on a few more verses, but still can’t say it in full. It embarrasses me that I cannot seem to find the time to memorize Scripture, yet can find time to do all sorts of things that don’t matter. But, no wallowing in guilt today; I want to move forward. Maybe I will devote the weekend to finishing Psalm 51, but I definitely want to commit the following gem to memory soon:

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

Back when we only had four and Noah was little, I was into names and their meanings, so I worked at locating a verse for each kid that highlighted both their first name’s meaning and their middle name’s meaning, if I could find one. Noah means ‘comfort’ and his middle name is Christian, so I wanted a verse that brought out not only the comfort to be found in God, but the work of God in the life of the believer. I think the above verses are an excellent example of that. Recently after the death of a friend’s son, I was looking at verses about comfort, and rediscovered this verse in 2 Thessalonians after reading through the first chapter and seeing verse 11:

To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power,

I like how Paul praised the Thessalonians for wanting to do good, for wanting to make a difference in the lives of those they met. Paul noticed, and we know that God noticed, too. Anyway, that ‘good work’ stands out to me in 2:17 as the goal of the Christian, once he or she has tasted of His divine comfort. Doing the good God has planned for us to do helps us to move forward in a time of grief, or anytime, for that matter.

I made up a little song back in the day, for Noah, to help us remember these verses:

May Noah be strong in every good work

May Noah be strong in every good word

Noah Christian

Jesus loves you

May He comfort you and give you hope