I have grown up and experienced many church denominations within my life, my mother took me to a Pentecostal church when I was an infant, got water baptism and confirmation in an Anglican church, attended a Roman Catholic School from ages 11-18years, and have been attending a Pentecostal church since I was 14 years. In all my experiences at the end of every church service the ‘Father/ Priest/ Pastor’ would have the church recite the Benediction which goes like this:
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the sweet fellowship of His Holy Spirit be with us now and forever more, and surely may goodness and mercy follow us all the days of our lives and we shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever and ever. Amen.
However, when I was at university I was attending this small Pentecostal church which before giving the benediction would have the congregation speak a watch-word, and this watch-word would be said for the entirety of the year. I remember that for the entirety of 2017 the watch-word was Isaiah 43:19 (KJV)
Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
Because of this, I can now proudly recite that scripture by heart, although my ability is currently no match for this little boy:
Inspired by my experience and Melissa Forster’s blog Borderless I thought to do a similar thing with my Mother every Sunday before we leave for Church, and have a watch-word that we recite for 2019-2020. We decided to go with Ephesians 6:10
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might
If all else fails we have at least one scripture that will forever remain in our hearts