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A Work In Progress

Pablo Casals was considered to be the preeminent cellist of the first half of the 20th century. When he was still playing his cello in the middle of his tenth decade of life, a young reporter asked, “Mr. Casals, you are 95 years old and the greatest cellist that ever lived. Why do you still practice 6 hours a day?”

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The Drinking Gourd

Prior to the American Civil War (1861–1865), fugitive slaves found freedom by following the Underground Railroad, a term for the secret routes from the South to the North and the abolitionists who helped them along the way. Slaves would travel at night for many miles, keeping on track by following the light of the “Drinking Gourd.” This was a code name for the collection of stars known as the Big Dipper, which points to the North Star. Some believe the fugitives also used encoded directions in the lyrics of the song “Follow the Drinking Gourd” to keep them from getting lost as they traveled.

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Multiply It

Amy had battled cancer for 5 years. Then the doctor told her that the treatments were failing and she had just a few weeks to live. Wanting some understanding and assurance about eternity, Amy asked her pastor, “What will heaven be like?”

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First Response

When my husband, Tom, was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery, I began to call family members. My sister and her husband came right away to be with me, and we prayed as we waited. Tom’s sister listened to my anxious voice on the phone and immediately said, “Cindy, can I pray with you?” When my pastor and his wife arrived, he too prayed for us (James 5:13-16).

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A Possum’s Pose

Possums are known for their ability to play dead. When this happens, the possum’s body wilts, its tongue flops out, and its heart rate declines. After about 15 minutes, the animal revives. Interestingly, animal experts do not believe that possums purposefully play dead to evade predators. They faint involuntarily when they become overwhelmed and anxious!

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More Of Him, Less Of Me

While I was pastoring a church early in my ministry, my daughter Libby asked me, “Dad, are we famous?” To which I replied, “No, Libby, we’re not famous.” She thought for a moment and then said rather indignantly, “Well, we would be if more people knew about us!”

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The Barking Lion

Visitors to a zoo were outraged when the “African lion” started barking instead of roaring. Zoo staff said they had disguised a Tibetan mastiff—a very large dog—as a lion because they could not afford the real thing. Needless to say, the zoo’s reputation was sullied and people will think twice before visiting it.

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A Picture Of Humility

During the Easter season, my wife and I attended a church service where the participants sought to model the events that Jesus and His disciples experienced on the night before He was crucified. As part of the service, the church staff members washed the feet of some of the church volunteers. As I watched, I wondered which was more humbling in our day—to wash another person’s feet or to have someone else wash yours. Both those who were serving and those being served were presenting distinct pictures of humility.

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He Calls The Stars By Name

On a plateau high above the Atacama Desert in Chile, the world’s largest radio telescope is giving astronomers a view of the universe never seen before. In an Associated Press article, Luis Andres Henao spoke of scientists from many countries “looking for clues about the dawn of the cosmos—from the coldest gases and dust where galaxies are formed and stars are born to the energy produced by the Big Bang.”

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Feeling Chained?

Boethius lived in sixth-century Italy and served the royal court as a highly skilled politician. Unfortunately, he fell into disfavor with the king. He was accused of treason and imprisoned. While awaiting execution, he asked for writing materials so he could compose his reflections. Later, these became an enduring spiritual classic on consolation.

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47 thoughts on “Feeling Chained?

  1. lunar says:

    (Please excuse the lateness of this post. I sleep a lot during the day, so I often don’t get a chance to read ODB until late at night.) Truly, to be content really is a learning process, and I am still learning. In all honesty, my life has been anything but easy. Growing up, I was abused by both my step-parents, an aunt, an uncle and a grandparent. At school, I was viciously bullied by students and teachers alike. My only friend in school was the janitor. And only a handful of family members were consistently kind to me.
    Even as a young child, there were countless times that I felt all alone, with no one to turn to, and no where to hide. There have been days when I struggled to find a reason just to get out of bed. I’m 22 now, and I still struggle with all of these feelings from time to time, especially since becoming disconnected from everyone else (with the sole exception of my mother) due to agoraphobia.

    However, I’ve always had God. During the darkest moments of my life, He has been right here beside me, so I’m never really alone. My earthly father walked out of my life a long time ago, but my Heavenly Father promised to never do that.
    It’s just like the old hymn says:

    “O soul, are you weary and troubled?
    No light in the darkness you see?
    Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
    Look full in His wonderful face,
    And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
    In the light of His glory and grace.”
    (“Turn your eyes upon Jesus” by Helen H. Lemmel)

    So, it’s all a matter of perspective.
    I had no friends my age in school, but I never had to deal with peer pressure.
    I’ve never dated, but I’ve never experienced the heartache that comes from ‘breaking up’.
    I have always, to some extent, been socially withdrawn from other people. But I also have experienced a special bond with God that many will never know.
    My health has been badly declining, and the doctor thinks I may have lupus. But now I’ve also got a lot of free time to just rest, and spend time reading my Bible.

    I could easily choose to get lost in depression and feelings of loneliness and despair, or… I can continue to look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith. When all I have is God, I have all I need.
    God bless all believers

    1. lunar says:

      Thank you for your prayers; they mean a lot. It’s not often that I tell of my story, due to fear and trust issues. (Today’s lesson really struck a chord with me, and I’ve resolved to try to be more ‘transparent’.) By all means do share it, if you believe it may help somebody, and God bless you.

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