There are so many affirming and encouraging passages in the Bible that could breathe life into the questions, struggles and pain of someone you care about. The major feasts, celebrations and times of prayer throughout the year are opportunities to offer someone a little passage that will speak to their heart. In the diocese of Hexham and Newcastle this was done at Christmas.
A local Evangelisation team attached passages from the Bible to Christmas decorations and gave them out to those in Church with the invitation for them to pass it on to someone they loved. One of the parishioners who took a decoration tried to post it through the letterbox of a friend, whom she had fallen out with some years before. She couldn’t quite get it to fit, but hearing the commotion her friend came to the door. Moved by the passage and her friend’s gesture they were reconciled right there, on the doorstep.
The best way to start is to pray for your initiative and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you to the passages people need to hear. It is advisable to keep to encouraging and affirming passages, especially considering this may be the first time someone has read a bible passage outside a liturgical service.
Here are a few examples;
‘Love does not come to an end.’ 1 Corinthians 13: 8a
‘Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works.’ Hebrews 10:24
‘God has called you and he will not fail you.’ 1 Thessalonians 5: 24
‘Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes may not be lost but may have eternal life.’ John 3:16
‘I know the plans I have in mind for you – it is the Lord who speaks – plans for peace, not disaster, reserving a future full of home for you. Then when you call to me, and come to plead with me, I will listen to you. When you seek me you shall find me, when you seek me with all your heart; I will let you find me.’ Jeremiah 29:11-14