It’s February 1st. I always see the 1st of each month as a fresh start! This month we will have Valentine’s Day — and for those of you who have lost your husband, a bittersweet day. We will also, just a couple of days later, have Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent — a day when we identify with the sacrifice that Christ made for us, identify with His suffering, and prepare our hearts for the great celebration of His love and resurrection.
Many of you who are participating on this blog have lost someone you love dearly, perhaps even a spouse — and Valentine’s Day is a kind of night. Yet the promise of spring and the resurrection is surely a song in the night.
Years before my husband’s fatal diagnosis, he became a huge Charles Spurgeon fan. Here was one of Steve’s favorite quotes from Spurgeon:
“The world has its night…man too, like the great world in which he lives, must have his night…nights of all kind which press upon our spirits and terrify our souls. But blessed be God, the Christian can say, ‘God gives me songs in the night.”
Here are your questions for the week. Many are telling me they are amazed at the depth of the answers on this blog. I want to encourage you that you are not only speaking the truth to your own soul, but encouraging many others who at this point may either be hurting too much to write, or are the introverts who often sit silently in a Bible study.
Start listening and singing “Come Thou Fount.” We’ll dig into it on the next post.
1. If you have a copy of The God of All Comfort, did anything stand out to you in pages 51 to the top of 53?
2. Meditate on Psalm 77:4-6. Describe the lament, then the resolve.
3. What do you think the phrase “songs in the night” means? Explain your answer.
4. Give an example from your own life, a recent one, if possible, of God giving you a song in the midst of your night. Make this concise and clear — for your song may be a song that floats into another’s night and gives them hope.
(On pages 41-43 of The God of All Comfort, I give examples of songs that came in my night.)
5. The phrase “songs in the night” also occurs in Job. Find it. Comment on it.
6. Are you dreading Valentine’s Day? Sometimes we can be proactive about hard days. How might you, if you are dreading it, be proactive? Pray and see if God gives you a plan. If so, share it.
7. Let’s each send a valentine with a note to someone who might be dreading it and be accountable to each other! Get it ready to mail by the end of this week! (I personally much prefer the real tangible kinds to the internet!) Or better yet, if you can afford it, send a book or flowers!