“In the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft: in his quiver hath he hid me;” Isaiah 49:2
“In the shadow.” We must all go there sometimes. The glare of the daylight is too brilliant; our eyes become injured and unable to discern the delicate shades of colour or appreciate neutral tints—the shadowed chamber of sickness, the shadowed house of mourning, the shadowed life from which the sunlight has gone.
But fear not! It is the shadow of God’s hand. He is leading thee. There are lessons that can be learned only there.
The photograph of His face can only be fixed in the dark chamber. But do not suppose that He has cast thee aside. Thou art still in His quiver; He has not flung thee away as a worthless thing.
He is only keeping thee close till the moment comes when He can send thee most swiftly and surely on some errand in which He will be glorified. Oh, shadowed, solitary ones, remember how closely the quiver is bound to the warrior, within easy reach of the hand, and guarded jealously.
In some spheres, the shadow condition is the condition of greatest growth. The beautiful Indian corn never grows more rapidly than in the shadow of a warm summer night. The sun curls the leaves in the sultry noon light, but they quickly unfold if a cloud slips over the sky. There is a service in the shadow that is not in the shine. The world of stellar beauty is never seen at its best till the shadows of night slip over the sky. There are beauties that bloom in the shade that will not bloom in the sun. There is much greenery in lands of fog and clouds and shadow. The florist has “evening glories” now, as well as “morning glories.” The “evening glory” will not shine in the noon’s splendour but comes to its best as the shadows of evening deepen.
7:30 p.m. Bible Study and Prayer– Pastor Saunders – on Zoom
Sunday, February 14th
11:00 a.m.Morning Worship – Dr. Saunders – available on SermonAudio only.
5:50 p.m. Pre-service Prayer – on Zoom
6:30 p.m. Evening Worship – Dr. Saunders – available on SermonAudio only.
Wednesday, February 17th
7:30 p.m. Bible Study and Prayer – on Zoom
Monday, February 22nd
4:00 p.m. WCS School Board Meeting – on Zoom
Thursday, February 25th
7:00 p.m. Women’s Bible Study – on Zoom
We extend our deepest sympathy to Mr. Jacob Korevaar and his family on the passing of Mrs. Marie Korevaar on Friday, February 5th. The Korevaar’s have been members of Barrie FPC for many years. Please remember the family as they grieve the sudden passing of a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. We take solace that she is now with her Lord and Saviour. The private family funeral will be held on Wednesday, February 10th, in Alliston, ON.
The Shorter Catechism
Q40. What did God at first reveal to man for the rule of his obedience?
A. The rule which God at first revealed to man for his obedience, was the moral law1.
1. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts. (Romans 2:14-15).
The Children's Catechism - Doctrine
Q40. What does Baptism teach us?
A. That we are sinful and that God has provided a way of cleansing.
Please Pray for
Special Prayer Requests
Dr. Mark Allison, Ron Blair, Dr. Frank McClelland, Ruth Slade, Kim Wagner and Serene Wong.
Pray for Our Seniors
Jean Bynoe, Florence Chung, Muriel Crothers, Sam McAnally, Tony & Grace Puccini, Maria Santos, Grace Saunders, Mary Todd, John & Thelma Watson, Jim & Norma Wilson and Marjorie Wright.
Pray for Our Churches
This week we remember Lehigh ValleyFPC in Allentown, PA.
Please pray for Rev. Stephen Hamilton and the congregation under his care.