“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end - Because I am God, your personal God..." (Isa 43:1)

I remember hearing this being sung at my old Church many years ago. For context, it was 1980, and I was earning a fortune as a Director of Special Projects - and yet I was as miserable as sin. Even my new shiny black Mercedes and my £3k pcm expense account didn't touch the parts that needed fixing in me.

I had just had a major stomach operation in London and, as I was living alone, decided to travel up to Yorkshire where I could convalesce under the watchful eye of my caring mother.

It was a midweek evening, and I decided to go for a walk and try to clear my head. My life was in bits. I was only 27 and, on the surface, extremely successful, yet all I could think about was how useless my life was and how I should end it all!

Somehow, I arrived at my old Church door and was just about to leave when the choir started singing this song. I remember walking in and taking a seat as they sang on—the atmosphere around me was electric; it was as if they were singing this song just to me. When they got to the 5th verse, I couldn't contain myself any longer, I dropped my head and cried like a baby ...

Do not be afraid, For I have redeemed you. I have called you by your name; You are mine.

When you walk through the waters I'll be with you, You will never sink beneath the waves.

When the fire is burning all around you, You will never be consumed by the flames.

When the fear of loneliness is looming, Then remember I am at your side.

When you dwell in the exile of a stranger, Remember you are precious in my eyes.

You are mine, O my child; I am your father, And I love you with a perfect love....

“Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches. Christ-conquerors are safe from Devil-death.” (Rev 2:11) ❤️



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