Mandy Slade (Somerset, England)
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So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?” - Hebrews 13:6 (NRSV)
In today’s reading, the battle lines were drawn. For the Israelites the stakes were high; their freedom was the prize. The Philistines stood confidently with Goliath leading them. The Israelites were in a state of turmoil, dismayed and terrified — all except for David, the youngest of Jesse’s sons. David...
"Many of us are used to the idea that we might speak to God or to Jesus. Maybe at times it feels like shouting into the darkness or whatnot, but it’s not hard to do—at least as an imaginative exercise. What’s harder—even imaginatively—is to try to hear Jesus speaking to us. Are we just making things up? Are we just using Jesus as a puppet to say whatever we want to hear?" READ MORE