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Our Life Is A Primer

The New England Primer was published in the late 1600s. Throughout the colonies that would later become the United States, the book became a widely used resource.

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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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9 thoughts on “The World’s Children

  1. edwinpadilla says:

    On a personal note in my first marriage she was a ward of the state in NY, an orphan. She attended Catholic school and was quite gifted but her emotional state, well we didn’t make it as a married couple. Coming from a big family my hope was I could provide the family she never had, but to no avail due to the dysfunction in my own family. In spite of all of this God never leaves us or forsakes us. Today she lives nearby to our son, and he too has come to terms with his spiritual life. So there’s always hope especially for these little innocent victims of circumstances.

  2. princessdee says:

    Lord, pls give me the grace to be able to adopt my late cousin’s son soon.Lord, you know I desire it, please bless and empower me so that I can be a blessing to this little one, amen.

  3. godsword says:

    Sometimes I thought of how life would be if I was an orphan. I thank God that I’m not!

    #hemademe

  4. xs says:

    let the Lord have his way in your heart, allow Him to reveal things that you are not able to see. Be willing and open. God richly bless you all,never forget what we are about, let’s play our part.
    God bless our daily bread ministry

  5. sgvaughan says:

    Every person on this earth is a “child” of God. “Whatever you do for the least of these you do for me”. God help us to find you in every person we meet. May every one of your children find a need and then meet a need for someone today.

  6. neetavg says:

    But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. (Luke 18:16 NKJV)
    Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. (Psalms 127:3 NKJV)
    Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6 NKJV)
    Hope we invest in their lives.

  7. eternallyhis says:

    Amen to every word you wrote. And to think, if we find it hard, even impossible for us to love someone, we can ask God and He will give us His Supernatural Love for any and all people He brings into our lives or sends us out to meet. God is our source. Praise Jesus Christ our Lord.

  8. boilers says:

    Wonderful post Robif.

  9. robif says:

    It is so very wonderful that Jesus commands us to “love the little children”, as being vunerable in their innocence they need all the love and protection they can get from God’s big children, the adult disciples. It is so right to say that we all can play a role in helping Jesus to love, protet and nurture them in his ways. Let us remember that we are all ‘God’s children’ and that we should treat everyone with the love God has granted us through His amazing grace. Mother Theresa was once asked how she delt so lovingly with the those so acututely and grotesquely inflicted with leprosy and she responded, ‘I just see Jesus in every one of them’. Something to be learned for each one of us I believe, seeing Jesus in All God’s children; the little and old children, the big children of God, the saved and the unsaved. Let us see Jesus in them all and love them as Jesus would have us do.

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