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Terms Of Service

If you’re like me, you seldom read the full text of contracts for online services before you agree to them. They go on for pages, and most of the legal jargon makes no sense to ordinary people like me.

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Life’s Darkest Moments

Charles Whittlesey was a hero’s hero. Leader of the so-called “Lost Battalion” in World War I, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery when his unit was trapped behind enemy lines. When the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was dedicated, Charles was chosen to serve as pallbearer for the first soldier laid to rest there. Two weeks later, it is presumed that he ended his own life by stepping off a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean.

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Following The Master

At a dog show near my home, I watched a Cardigan Welsh corgi named Trevor perform. At his master’s command, he ran several yards away and immediately returned, he jumped fences, and he identified objects using his sense of smell. After finishing each exercise, he sat down at his master’s feet and waited for more instructions.

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Holy, Holy, Holy

“Time flies when you’re having fun.” This cliché has no basis in fact, but experience makes it seem true.

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Graceland

The Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, is one of the most visited homes in the US. It was built in the 1930s and named after the original owner’s great aunt, Grace. It later became famous as the home of Elvis Presley.

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Confident Access

Mont Saint-Michel is a tidal island located about a half-mile off the coast of Normandy, France. For centuries it has been the site of an abbey and monastery that has attracted religious pilgrims. Until the construction of a causeway, it was notorious for its dangerous access that resulted in the death of some pilgrims. At low tide it is encompassed by sand banks, and at high tide it is surrounded by water. Accessing the island was a cause for fear.

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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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The Power Of A Name

Nicknames are often descriptive of some noticeable aspect of a person’s character or physical attributes. Growing up, my elementary school friends brutally called me “liver lips” since at that stage of development my lips seemed disproportionately large. Needless to say, I have always been glad that the name didn’t stick.

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Roadside Assistance

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

An acquaintance of mine was hunting with friends near Balmoral, the country estate of the queen of England. As they walked, he twisted his ankle so badly that he couldn’t go on, so he told his friends to continue and he would wait by the side of the road.

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Forgotten Memories

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

Recently, a friend from my youth emailed me a picture of our junior high track team. The grainy black-and-white snapshot showed a vaguely familiar group of teens with our two coaches. I was instantly swept back in time to happy memories of running the mile and the half-mile in track meets. Yet even as I enjoyed remembering those days, I found myself thinking about how easily I had forgotten them and moved on to other things.

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31 thoughts on “Forgotten Memories

  1. nanxi says:

    Thank you Lord for loving me before I even knew you. Thank you for life.

  2. princessdee says:

    I hold on to this”Remembering God’s faithfulness in the past strengthens me for the future”.Thank you Lord!

  3. bbnick says:

    I thank God for the inspiration to sit down and give HIM a bit of my busy day, I thank Him for the peace I just felt as I read the Daily Bread and was fed by it. It is so fulfilling to look around and see the abundance of God’s blessings and be reminded that He will be there to help us carry our load when it is too much for us.

  4. eternallyhis says:

    To give a hint of my age, :) when I attended the one room school house in our little village, my teacher not only taught us ‘the golden rule of doing unto others as we’d have them do unto us (Matthew 7:12), but also to count our blessings. She often mentioned the saying about a man feeling bad because he had no shoes, until he met a man who had no feet. Sayings such as that and the songs such as ‘Count your blessings, name them one by one’ that I learned in church, one or the other or all of these things would come to remind me throughout my life to be thankful. Even now, at my ‘elderly age’ :) I sometimes dread doing dishes (for example), but God is quick to remind me, I have much reason to praise Him. Thank You, Lord Jesus for my home and necessities of life and that I am still able to get out of bed, and to cook and to clean, etc. Although it’s not as good as when I was younger, I still have my sight and mobility of my legs and arms; and I have loving people in my life. Having so much more than what many others have, especially when seeing and hearing of the poverty and poor health, etc. of people in third world countries, and even many people right here in our own country. Yes, ‘Bless the LORD, O my soul and forget not all His benefits.’ Blessed be Your Holy Name. Amen and Amen

  5. ibukunoluwa12 says:

    Thank You Bill for this wonderful reminder often i get carried away by the events in my life .God has been faithful in the past and He is still faithful today. Dear Lord please always remind us of this great truth about Your character so we can always trust in You in all situations,Amen.

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