STOP AND THINK – That blessed Book, in the days of health, is too often left on the shelf … But sickness often brings it down from the shelf and throws new light on its pages. (J. C. Ryle, 19th century Anglican Bishop)

Ryle’s observation is true of too many homes where the Bible, once revered and frequently read and studied, is now rarely opened. Perhaps that’s the reason its principles for godly living seem to be ignored in modern life. But, when misfortune hits, we often turn once again to the comforting words of Holy Scripture. This year, open the Book before tragedy strikes.

The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. (Psalm 119:130)