Prayer Letter from Bert

01.05.2020

My father’s thoughts…

When my dad died (nearly 6 years ago) I inherited a number of his books. My dad was a strong Christian but I hadn’t realised how much until I started reading these books and looked at the annotations and marks in the margins. I saw a new side of my father, something that I had never really seen before, it was, as if, I was seeing more of my father’s character in his words…

My dad was a big JC Ryle fan (if you haven’t read anything by him, I’d encourage it). Clearly he was a big fan as I soon worked out that my middle names (John Charles) come directly from the first names of Ryle himself! Something I was never able to ask my father about…

In his book Expository Thoughts on the Gospels, Ryle shares these thoughts on Luke 1: 68-79 (Zachariah/Zacharias’ hymn of praise)

“We should notice…, in this hymn of praise, how much stress Zacharias lays on God’s fulfilment of His promises…. Let us learn to rest on promises, and embrace them as Zacharias did. Let us not doubt that every word of God about His people concerning things future, shall as surely be fulfilled as every word about them has been fulfilled concerning things past.” [in bold where my father had underlined it!]

In these uncertain times of health, finance and family let us never forget the many future promises that are there for those in Christ Jesus. May I encourage you all to hold firm to this? God, our Father, reveals himself to us in his word, the bible. The more time we spend in it, the more time we see more of him and can be assured of his love, peace and promises.

  • Please continue to pray for those who are sick and suffering at this time.
  • Please pray for our leaders in Surrey, Sussex and The Met as they lead the response to this ongoing pandemic.
  • Please pray for gospel opportunities with colleagues as we seek to bring light into a dark situation.

In the words of JC Ryle “We have the seal of Christ’s blood to assure us that what God has promised God will perform”

Every blessing,

Bert