Reflection – Do not be afraid, Isaiah 43 1-5

The hymn ‘Do not be afraid’ has beautiful words written by Gerard Markland about trusting God that are very moving.  There are two versions to listen to here – St Andrews Cathedral choir and an upbeat Gospel Touch choir – both are equally current and uplifting, based on Isaiah 43 1-5:

‘Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you; you are mine.  Should you pass through the sea, I will be with you; or through rivers, they will not swallow you up.  Should you walk through fire, you will not be scorched and the flames will not burn you.  For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your saviour….you are precious in my eyes…you are honoured and I love you…Do not be afraid, for I am with you

Philip Stopfords’ beautiful setting of Markland’s poem, ‘Do Not Be Afraid’ is based on Isaiah 43, the music and message are very relevant at this time. In response to the #Covid19 shutdown, a reduced, socially-distanced St Andrew’s Cathedral Choir quickly performed this piece live for broadcast on the Cathedral’s first online Sunday service.