POST POLL: “What’s your favorite Bible verse?”
The “Post Poll” regularly invites readers to share thoughts on current matters of Catholic interest. Next month, the Bible will be the topic when bishops from throughout the world meet in Rome. And so we ask:
“What is your favorite Bible verse?”
Respondents are invited to briefly explain why the verse has such meaning to them. To participate, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name and parish. Responses will be posted here as they are received, and may appear in a future issue of The Catholic Post newspaper.
From Cindy Sturgeon, St. Joseph’s Parish, Pekin
Ecclesiates 3:1 and 4 — “There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens. A time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance.”
This reminds me that everything is part of God’s plan. and He wants us to laugh and dance as much as He knows we will weep and mourn. I want to remember God is joyous and this helps me do that.
A woman I work with told me once believing in God is depressing. I immediately quoted this verse to let her know she was so very wrong.
From Donna Tadie, St. Edward Parish, Chillicothe
Proverbs 3:5-6 — “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence rely not; In all your ways be mindful of Him, and He will make straight your paths.”
I pray this verse when I am in a difficult situation for guidance and confidence and quite often this is part of my morning prayers. It’s powerful!
From Father Harold Datzman, OSB, Pastor, St. Joseph Parish, Peru
Psalm 46:11 — “Be still and confess that I am God”
Though I like and enjoy the Psalms, this passage is very special. Whenever I say this phrase, I think of the Incarnation and how, in the stillness of the night, the Eternal Word came down to this earth and became like us in all things but sin.
From Mrs. Antonietta Maienza, Abingdon
1 Corinthians 2: 6-16, espcially this part: “Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has it so much as dawned on man what God has prepared for those who love Him.”
My reason is a very personal one. Where there is intense love there is intense suffering as I am experiencing with the passing of my beloved husband.
It is a spiritual journey of living my faith. Faith does not take pain away, but helps me bear the unbearable.
In this passage I am drawn into the spiritual presence of the Lord in our lives in a much deeper sense. A spiritual sense beyond my wisdom. Beyond the true love I have for my husband and for his precious soul.
I carry my cross with love for christ, for my beloved husband, one day at a time. Knowing they are with me always.