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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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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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The Ultimate Sacrifice

When Deng Jinjie saw people struggling in the water of the Sunshui River in the Hunan province of China, he didn’t just walk by. In an act of heroism, he jumped into the water and helped save four members of a family. Unfortunately, the family left the area while he was still in the water. Sadly, Jinjie, exhausted from his rescue efforts, was overwhelmed and swept away by the river current and drowned.

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Our Foundation

The Bavarian city of Nördlingen is unique. It sits in the middle of the Ries Crater, a large circular depression caused by the impact of a huge meteorite a long time ago. The immense pressure of the impact resulted in unusual crystallized rock and millions of microscopic diamonds. In the 13th century, these speckled stones were used to build St. George’s Church. Visitors can see the beautiful crystal deposits in its foundation and walls. Some might say it has a heavenly foundation.

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The Upright Thumb

According to an African fable, four fingers and a thumb lived together on a hand. They were inseparable friends. One day, they noticed a gold ring lying next to them and conspired to take it. The thumb said it would be wrong to steal the ring, but the four fingers called him a self-righteous coward and refused to be his friend. That was just fine with the thumb; he wanted nothing to do with their mischief. This is why, the legend goes, the thumb still stands separate from the other fingers.

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40 thoughts on “The Upright Thumb

  1. lunar says:

    Indeed, when you stand up for what’s right, sometimes you may have to stand alone. Even if other believers won’t stand with you. Even if your family and friends won’t stand with you. It can get awfully lonely, and it’s that loneliness that makes it so hard at times. Yet, I mustn’t forget that it will always be worth it in the end. God rewards the faithful.

  2. dduffy0314 says:

    It’s easy to stand with a crowd; it takes courage to stand alone.

  3. His presence says:

    WE ARE the CHURCH, the church IS inside of each one of us. We should work on showing our love to those who are a part of the body of CHRIST & NOT sew the difference/division based on religion & styles of worship. Let us “set our affection on things above, not on earth”. Colossians 3:2

  4. claireoney says:

    Dear hope.more,

    I don’t think this article indicates that Christians are minority. It just simply said “at times we may feel we’re standing alone when wrongdoing surrounds us.” It doesn’t take a minority to feel that way. I certainly feel that way sometimes depend on who I am with and where I am. I hope you will find peace and be inspired from today’s article. God bless you!

  5. sentinel46 says:

    “May the Lord God and our Heavenly Father continue to richly bless us one-in-All in Christ Jesus’ name and His children in His strength and grace to understand, and also to do what is pleasing in His sight and to also accomplish His will and love in us and we in Him…amen!”

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