One of our lawyers, Parker Miller, sent in a statement he reads frequently, along with a verse for this issue. The statement reads as follows:
Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic to the striving, and tolerant with the weak and the wrong. Sometimes in life you will have been all.
The verse below ties directly into this statement:
Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:1-5.
Janie Cantey, who is working as a staff assistant in our Mass Torts Section, supplied a verse along with an explanation of why it’s so special to her. With her permission, I will give her reasons. First, let’s read the scriptures she supplied.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
This is what Jamie had to say:
I have had so much heartache in my life over the past two years and this verse gives me such peace when I turn to it. I know God led me to it when He knew I needed it the most. When I was a baby, my grandparents adopted me and raised me as their own. February 2015, my “father” gave up his fight for his earthly life and journeyed to his real “Home.” I was brokenhearted, along with my “mother.” Little did we know that just 14 months later, she would join him. The pain I felt when I got the call that she had passed away was immeasurable. Mother lived in Mobile and had spent the 17 days before that with me and had not been sick or anything. Her heart just stopped beating while she sat in her chair the day after I took her home. This verse helps me because I have been troubled by her death and I know that God sent this verse to me at the right time to remind me that I will see her again one day and so every time I read it I become less and less afraid and look forward to our reunion!
But Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26
This has been my go-to verse for many, many years! Being given up by my birth parents. I have always had very low self-esteem and self-worth. I grew up thinking my parents did not love me and wondered why. I felt like I was not good enough or worthy of their or anyone else’s love. It took me 30-something years to figure out that they did love me. They loved me enough to know that they were not capable of giving me the life I deserved. They were very young and wild and knew nothing about raising a child. Even though I finally figured that out, it did not really help with my self-esteem issues. They were already too imbedded in me. Through the years it has gotten somewhat better because I have had this verse to go to….and the love of a wonderful husband, children and my “parents” or grandparents, as some would call them. But I still go to this verse when I need reminding that I CAN do ALL things through Christ and that I AM worthy because I AM worthy of HIS love and at the end of the day, my heart’s desire is to hear, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
Chris Glover, one of the lawyers in our firm who will be in our Atlanta office, supplied scriptures for this issue. Chris was teaching on this group of scriptures when he was asked by our board if he was interested in moving to Atlanta to open our Atlanta office. Chris says he knows God planned that so he would be open to His calling. Chris says “wherever He leads, I will follow.”
Now listen, you who say, Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money. Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” James 4:13-15 New International Version (NIV)
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