A Matter Of Trust

A news item from Australia told the story of Pascale Honore, a paraplegic woman who, after 18 years of being confined to a wheelchair, has taken up surfing. How?

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The Wise Old Owl

Years ago an anonymous writer penned a short poem about the merits of measuring our words.

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The Language Of Whistling

On La Gomera, one of the smallest of the Canary Islands, a language that sounds like a bird song is being revived. In a land of deep valleys and steep ravines, schoolchildren and tourists are learning how whistling was once used to communicate for distances up to 2 miles. One goat herder who is using this ancient language once again to communicate with his flock said, “They recognize my whistle as they recognize my voice.”

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An Emergency Of The Spirit

In March 2011, a devastating tsunami struck Japan, taking nearly 16,000 lives as it obliterated towns and villages along the coast. Writer and poet Gretel Erlich visited Japan to witness and document the destruction. When she felt inadequate to report what she was seeing, she wrote a poem about it. In a PBS NewsHour interview she said, “My old friend William Stafford, a poet now gone, said, ‘A poem is an emergency of the spirit.’”

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Repeat Warnings

Caution, the moving walkway is ending. Caution, the moving walkway is ending.” If you’ve ever used an automated walkway at an airport, you’ve heard this kind of announcement repeatedly.

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Medieval Meal

A while ago I attended a conference on the Middle Ages. In one seminar we actually prepared several foods that would have been common in medieval times. We used pestle and mortar to grind cinnamon and fruit to make jam. We cut orange rinds and broiled them with honey and ginger to produce a sweet snack. We crushed almonds with water and other ingredients to create almond milk. And, finally, we prepared a whole chicken to serve as a main dish with rice. As we sampled these dishes, we enjoyed a tasty culinary experience.

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Joash must have been confused and frightened when he was told about the evil deeds of his grandmother Athaliah. She had murdered his brothers to usurp the power of the throne in Judah. But baby Joash had been safely hidden away by his aunt and uncle for 6 years (2 Chron. 22:10-12). As he grew, he enjoyed the love and instruction of his caregivers. When Joash was only 7 years old, he was secretly crowned king and his grandmother was overthrown (23:12-15).

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Love To Tell His Story

When noted author Studs Terkel was looking for a topic for his next book, one of his friends suggested “death.” While he was resistant at first, the idea gradually began to take shape, but its voice became all too real when Mr. Terkel’s wife of 60 years passed away. Now the book was also a personal search: a yearning to know what lies beyond, where his loved one had just gone. Its pages are a poignant reminder of our own search for Jesus and the questions and concerns we have about eternity while we walk our faith journey.

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Giving It To God

A hero to a generation of people who grew up after World War II, Corrie ten Boom left a legacy of godliness and wisdom. A victim of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, she survived to tell her story of faith and dependence on God during horrendous suffering.

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A Heart For Prayer

While traveling on an airplane with her 4- and 2-year-old daughters, a young mom worked at keeping them busy so they wouldn’t disturb others. When the pilot’s voice came over the intercom for an announcement, Catherine, the younger girl, paused from her activities and put her head down. When the pilot finished, she whispered, “Amen.” Perhaps because there had been a recent natural disaster, she thought the pilot was praying.

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Gentle Jesus

Charles Wesley (1707–1788) was a Methodist evangelist who wrote more than 9,000 hymns and sacred poems. Some, like “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” are great, soaring hymns of praise. But his poem “Gentle Jesus, Meek and Mild,” first published in 1742, is a child’s quiet prayer that captures the essence of how all of us should seek the Lord in sincere, simple faith.

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The Small Giant

The towering enemy strides into the Valley of Elah. He stands 9 feet tall, and his coat of armor, made of many small bronze plates, glimmers in the sunlight. The shaft of his spear is wrapped with cords so it can spin through the air and be thrown with greater distance and accuracy. Goliath looks invincible.

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Born To Rescue

After the terrorist attack and the collapse of the Twin Towers in New York City on September 11, 2001, Cynthia Otto took care of the search-and-rescue dogs. Years later she established a Working Dog Center where young pups are put through specialized training to prepare them to help victims of disaster.

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One Amazing Letter

Once in a while my wife and I open the mail to find a letter with no words on it. When we take the “letter” out of the envelope, we see a piece of paper with nothing more on it than a colorful mark made with a felt pen. Those “letters” warm our hearts because they’re from our preschool granddaughter Katie, who lives in another state. Even without words, these letters tell us that she loves us and is thinking about us.

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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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Sow What?

On the clock tower of my alma mater is an Art Deco bas-relief sculpture titled The Sower. The inscription beneath it is from Galatians 6:7, “Whatsoever a man soweth.” Michigan State University remains a leader in agricultural research, but despite many improvements in farming techniques and crop production, this fact remains: Seeds of corn will not produce a crop of beans.

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Let Me Be Singing

When I asked a friend how his mother was getting along, he told me that dementia had robbed her of the ability to remember a great many names and events from the past. “Even so,” he added, “she can still sit down at the piano and, without sheet music, beautifully play hymns by memory.”

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With Him Forever!

In 1859, during the turbulent years prior to America’s Civil War, Abraham Lincoln had the opportunity to speak to the Agricultural Society in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As he spoke, he shared with them the story of an ancient monarch’s search for a sentence that was “true and appropriate in all times and situations.” His wise men, faced with this heady challenge, gave him the sentence, “And this, too, shall pass away.”

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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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Hope To Continue On

The solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse can fly day and night without fuel. Inventors Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg hope to fly it around the world in 2015. While the plane flies all day by solar power, it gathers enough energy to be able to fly all night. When the sun rises, Piccard says, “It brings the hope again that you can continue.”

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38 thoughts on “Hope To Continue On

  1. bubbles says:

    Do you have a verse that tells us to fast in order to ‘wait’ on the Lord?

    I work. I don’t watch movies, don’t have time. I don’t go to parties. I go to work, come home, crash five days a week. On weekends, it’s work and getting groceries. I’m a rat on a wheel.

    I work and work follows me home.

  2. idesiremooresmith says:

    I love the example of the sunrise! It is so true! We wake up to a brand new day and start all over, fresh! Perfect word for today.

  3. jmmottl says:

    Yes, I remember the wormwood and gall. And my soul sinks within me. These memories of current and past failures are compounded. I have realized that I have been wanting my own goodness instead of the grace of God. It’s not that I want to be better than someone else, but that if I could go back, and not have had these problems, then following The Lord would be easier, and I wouldn’t need so much help, cause you know, I’m a man, and I should know how to be a man!

    But, the result of walking in the flesh instead of receiving grace and forgiveness has only caused more problems. All The Lord wants to do is be my portion. Through this he has been trying to tell me that He is all I have.

    In faithfulness he has afflicted me.

  4. csergeo says:

    I believe today’s Insight gives us a bit of a background as to why the book of Lamentations was penned down by Jeremiah. We get to experience, sort of, the struggles and desperate agonies faced by a besieged Jerusalem.
    I strongly believe the world in which we live now, is also going through a similar siege by the ‘father of all lies.’ We don’t have to be told, but if we look around us, we see evil at its high. From deadly shootings to racial knockouts to some group they call ISIS!! Ah, such detestable things of this broken world!
    But, and the keyword here is ‘but,’ Jeremiah ends his lament with a sigh of hope; hope that one day Israel will become a nation again, and even more, hope that one day, there will be a glorious revelation of the Messiah!! And yes, Israel is now a nation, and you and I are still awaiting that glorious hope to be revealed.
    Folks, we have to understand that the world will not know peace, until the Prince of Peace is revealed unto us. What the world is going through now, is bound to happen and will continue to rise. When Christ is taken out of the picture, which is what America is trying to do (and for that matter, the world), there will be no peace. The solution is in 2 Chronicles 7:14; and hopefully we as believers in Christ will wake up and tell the world to turn to Jesus, the author of peace, and it is only through that will we find real Hope!!
    To God be the glory!!

  5. carowan says:

    Because of my past mistakes I sometime still find it hard to forgive myself when the memories assail. I have The Lord’s forgiveness, I have to forgive myself. Unlike salvation, reputation is built by good works and Doc put it brilliantly when he says it by acknowledging and identifying with others weaknesses make it easier for them to forgive you when you fall. Lord help me be open and courageous in admitting my sins and teach me to really forgive myself. Amen.

  6. mario says:

    Thank you for the nice message about hope. I understand that our greatest and best hope is in our Lord Jesus and in His promise of eternal life in the kingdom of God. Apostle Paul wrote that if our hope in Christ is in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied. (1 Cor 15:19 NASB). The Lord Jesus Himself said that he who hears His word and believes in the Father who sent Him, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life. (Jn 5:24 NASB). i understand fait also involves putting our hope and confidence in the Lord. Thank you.

  7. habujee7 says:

    I am coming out of the woods myself. For the past 3 months, I was going through ongoing trials. It felt as if the light at the end of the tunnel was never to come. I cried for help every morning for relief.

    God is truly faithful ;*
    Praise be to the all mighty powerful God who chooses to love His little ones.

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