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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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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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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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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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Looking For Zacchaeus

Alf Clark walks the city streets looking for Zacchaeus. Well, not the actual one in the Bible—Jesus already found him. Alf and some friends who serve with an urban ministry do what Jesus did in Luke 19. They go purposefully through town to meet with and help those in need.

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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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The Day My Dad Met Jesus

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

My grandfather, my father, and his brothers were all tough men who, understandably, didn’t appreciate people who “got up in their faces about faith.” When my father, Howard, was diagnosed with a rapid and deadly cancer, I was so concerned that I took every opportunity to talk to him about Jesus’ love. Inevitably he would end the discussion with a polite but firm: “I know what I need to know.”

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The World’s Children

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

After a group of high schoolers visited an orphanage during a ministry trip, one student was visibly upset. When asked why, he said it reminded him of his own situation 10 years earlier.

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Rock-Solid

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

It was a sad day in May 2003 when “The Old Man of the Mountain” broke apart and slid down the mountainside. This 40-foot profile of an old man’s face, carved by nature in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, had long been an attraction to tourists, a solid presence for residents, and the official state emblem. It was written about by Nathaniel Hawthorne in his short story The Great Stone Face.

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18 thoughts on “Rock-Solid

  1. kay517 says:

    Talk about a word in the right time! We just got a text about a worrisome situation just as I was about to read this devotional I missed yesterday and it was exactly an assuring word from God for the news we got. This is so uplifting! Thank you odb for doing these devotionals,I just heard from god through today’s passage. Hallelujah!

  2. ghep17 says:

    Thank you Lord for watching over me. There have been times in my life when I have doubted Your presence in certain situations…Now years later, looking back I see Your footprints in the pictures of my life. Always there. All glory to You!

  3. zingiber_spice says:

    Thank you, Anne Cetas, for that wonderful and timely message of encouragement today! My good friend’s husband of 57 years just passed away 3 days ago and she is grief stricken. I will share this message with her and hope her faith is strengthened.

  4. princessdee says:

    My thought this morning even before I read the devotional, was that God is with me on this journey of life.I say thank you father for I know I am not alone.

  5. slml says:

    Yes, I read them and occasionally have a comment. I had rather see a comment or question about the passage or commentary for each day, rather than someone’s personal thought or prayer.

  6. gyoboue says:

    Yes, people read the daily comments. I know I do. God bless!

  7. wjdw says:

    Do People Really Read These Comments? I’m New At This App…Just Curious. Thanks!

    1. steviepowell says:

      They really do, but many post their prayers and praises to God here. It is amazing how these daily lessons are so on target to what is happening in our lives. What encouragement pours out. The last 3 days EACH lesson has helped me face a situation, giving me strength to deal witb it. Thank You Lord for your love and care.

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