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…… I have called you by name; you are mine.

Isaiah 43:1 (New Living Translation – The Bible)

1 But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you.
    O Israel, the one who formed you says,
  “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.
    I have called you by name; you are mine.
When you go through deep waters,
    I will be with you.
  When you go through rivers of difficulty,
    you will not drown.
  When you walk through the fire of oppression,
    you will not be burned up;
    the flames will not consume you.
3 For I am the Lord, your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.

Isaiah 43:1-3 (New Living Translation – The Bible)

Hopefully, this is something we can all take to heart, especially for those of us who might be in need of a little pick-me-up, even as the year draws to a close and a whole new chapter is about to unfold.

We may not know what the future, with all its uncertainties, will hold for us, but perhaps what is more essential is knowing who holds our future.

Therefore, be of good cheer, dear friends! 😉

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2 thoughts on “Up close and personal…..

  1. At this point in my roller-coaster life, where so many aspects are uneven and bumpy, I am just thankful I am still breathing in and breathing out. After that it’s all gravy…Cheers to you and your readers.

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  2. May I offer something here? Pertinent to the time of year… our nephew, Dr. Benjamin Morse (Ph.D. and Bible scholar) has just published his first book which took him 8 years to do and we have our copy of it and it’s amazing. It’s a book of his interpretation of the Old Testament for children but it’s just as much for adults.

    The Oldest Bedtime Story

    Ben did all the writing and the artwork himself, and if you go to YouTube and enter his name, you will find a wonderful interview done at the Strand in New York City all about his book. My Husb. and I watched the video yesterday as he unwrapped Ben’s book for Christmas and it was just wonderful. Ben lives with his partner, Richard Mason, who is a British novelist, in Glasgow, Scotland, as well as NY City and also South Africa where they have a foundation that provides help to people there. They are two amazing young men and you wouldn’t regret getting to know them.

    Ben’s mother (my husband’s cousin) was an Episcopal minister (priest) but died of cancer in 1995. His Dad was a nuclear submarine commander who also has passed away. His sister passed away at a very young age near the time of his mother’s death, so Ben has been left alone except for his extended family and his partner Richard. He is an incredible young man and did his Ph.D. on Art and the Bible. This book, which he originally made for a godchild in South Africa, is proof of his talents and his heart.

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