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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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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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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32 thoughts on “Roadside Assistance

  1. lunar says:

    Amen… For the past four years, my family and I have tread through some difficult times. Since a child, I have experienced things so terrifying that most probably couldn’t even begin to imagine it. Yet, it is during my deepest moments of distress that I feel closest to God. I’ve got a magnetic sign in my room that says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” I also try to read from the Bible as often as I can, as it brings me a great deal of peace and comfort. I especially enjoy reading from the book of Psalms. In fact, during times of fear or anxiety, some of my most favorites passages of scripture to read are Psalms 27, 46 and 91 (along with 2 Timothy 1:7). I know that God has a reason for allowing everything to happen the way it has, and I will continue to quietly trust Him as He carries me through it. God bless

  2. princessdee says:

    Thank you Jehovah! You are my God, my glory n the lifter of my head.You are my peace and a very present help in trouble.You alone deserve all the glory in my life.Hallelujah!!!

  3. ashleyh87 says:

    I needed this more than ever today! Praise The Lord.

  4. ponto says:

    Thank you God for you’re always there for me.

  5. OU12C-HIM-2 says:

    Richard I don’t know you, but I sure hope you are pastoring or teaching somewhere, because you have truly got the gift. You reminded me of TD Jakes. A true master divider of the word of God. I know you were trying to help Rocky, yesterday but you sure gave me the understanding I needed. I thank God for you and all those who share the wisdom of the word via Our Daily Bread. So i am missing your comment today. I would really like to hear from u on a daily basis. God Bless you and yours

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