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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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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Think Of Them No More

My early years as a believer in Christ were laden with foreboding. I had the impression that when Jesus comes back, all my sins will be portrayed on a giant screen for everyone to see.

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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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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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I Am Not Forgotten

Waiting is hard at any time; but when days, weeks, or even months pass and our prayers seem to go unanswered, it’s easy to feel God has forgotten us. Perhaps we can struggle through the day with its distractions, but at night it’s doubly difficult to deal with our anxious thoughts. Worries loom large, and the dark hours seem endless. Utter weariness makes it look impossible to face the new day.

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Is Somebody Singing?

From 200 miles above Earth, Chris Hadfield, Canadian astronaut and commander of the International Space Station, joined in song with a group of students in a studio on Earth. Together they performed “Is Somebody Singing,” co-written by Hadfield and Ed Robertson.

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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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He Changed My Life

Our Daily Bread Cover May 2014

Following the death of computer pioneer Steve Jobs in 2011, more than one million people from around the world posted tributes to him online. The common theme was how Jobs had changed their lives. They said they lived differently because of his creative innovations, and they wanted to express their appreciation and their sorrow. The screen of one tablet computer said in large letters: iSad.

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Shout Hallelujah!

Our Daily Bread Cover April 2014

A few days ago, I spied my old friend Bob vigorously pedaling a bike at our neighborhood gym and staring down at a blood pressure monitor on his finger.

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19 thoughts on “Shout Hallelujah!

  1. raquelmendoza says:

    the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end
    Thank you lord, you have given us hope in times of difficulty..
    We trust in your power and amazing grace that even in our darkest hour you will be there for us..

  2. abemey says:

    Praise God for giving us power over sin and death!

  3. oneshot12 says:

    Yes2christ. I hear what you are saying and I think it’s two different issues. You are worried about a long slow painful death not death itself. Turn your worries over to The Lord and He will grant you peace. Death itself is freedom from this life and the beginning of new life in heaven. I will pray for God to ease your worries.

  4. oneshot12 says:

    This passage makes me feel confirmed in my faith. Yes I want to be in heaven with my Father. Death has lost because I know I will be in a better place. Amen.

  5. princessdee says:

    The truth is that we are all afraid of physical death but we shouldnt because if we do God’s will, it will be a temporary thing while eternal life with the father in heaven will be forever.The bible calls physical death “sleep”(1st Cor 15:51).
    I thank God for the resurrection.Because Christ lives, I have a hope.I join Apostle Paul in saying”For me to live is Christ and to die is gain”..Phil 1:21

  6. rdo32000 says:

    Amen. There is no second death for us disciples of Christ, he paid that price. We are to be dead men walking, that is, dead to our own desires and “self-sufficiency.” His promise is for us to live out eternity in the kingdom. The mission here is to be sanctified each day and allow his spirit to transform our minds. Thank you Lord for victory and that we can rest assured of your crown being placed on us at the end of this earth journey. Guide us and keep us whole in your name; amen.

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