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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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Asking Different Questions

When tragedy strikes, questions follow. Our loss of a loved one may lead us to ask God any number of pointed questions: “Why did You let this happen?” “Whose fault was this?” “Don’t You care about my pain?” Believe me, as the grieving father of a teenager who died tragically I have asked these very questions.

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Crowns Of Honor

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

The Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom are stored securely and protected within the Tower of London under 24-hour guard. Each year, millions visit the display area to “ooh and aah” over these ornate treasures. The Crown Jewels symbolize the power of the kingdom, as well as the prestige and position of those who use them.

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A Call To Comfort

Our Daily Bread Cover May 2014

In their book Dear Mrs. Kennedy, Jay Mulvaney and Paul De Angelis note that during the weeks following the assassination of US President John Kennedy, his widow, Jacqueline, received nearly one million letters from people in every part of the world. Some came from heads of state, celebrities, and close friends. Others were sent by ordinary people who addressed them to “Madame Kennedy, Washington” and “Mrs. President, America.” All wrote to express their grief and sympathy for her great loss.

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Pace Yourself

Our Daily Bread Cover May 2014

Not long ago I developed a physical problem. My left shoulder and arm were aching, I had a painful rash on my forearm and thumb, and I struggled daily with fatigue. When I finally went to the doctor, I learned that I had a case of shingles. The doctor put me on antiviral medication and said it would take several weeks for the disease to run its course.

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Listening

Our Daily Bread Cover May 2014

In her book Listening to Others, Joyce Huggett writes about the importance of learning to listen and respond effectively to those in difficult situations. As she relates some of her own experiences of listening to suffering people, she mentions that they often thank her for all she’s done for them. “On many occasions,” she writes, “I have not ‘done’ anything. I have ‘just listened.’ I quickly came to the conclusion that ‘just listening’ was indeed an effective way of helping others.”

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Anchors In The Storm

Our Daily Bread Cover May 2014

When Matt and Jessica tried to navigate their sailboat into a Florida inlet during Hurricane Sandy, the craft ran aground. As the waves crashed around them, they quickly dropped anchor. It held the sailboat in place until they could be rescued. They said that if they had not put down the anchor, “We would have lost our boat for sure.” Without the anchor, the relentless waves would have smashed the vessel onto the shore.

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Interruptions

Our Daily Bread Cover May 2014

My sister and I were looking forward to our holiday in Taiwan. We had purchased our plane tickets and booked our hotel rooms. But 2 weeks before the trip, my sister learned she had to stay at home in Singapore to handle an emergency. We were disappointed that our plans were interrupted.

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Learning To Love

Our Daily Bread Cover April 2014

When Hans Egede went to Greenland as a missionary in 1721, he didn’t know the Inuit language. His temperament was often overbearing, and he struggled to be kind to the people.

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Never Let Down

Our Daily Bread Cover April 2014

When I was a child, one of my favorite pastimes was playing on the teeter-totter in the nearby park. A kid would sit on each end of the board and bounce each other up and down. Sometimes the one who was down would stay there and leave his playmate stuck up in the air yelling to be let down. But the cruelest of all tricks was getting off the teeter-totter and running away when your friend was up in the air—he would come crashing down to the ground with a painful bump.

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40 thoughts on “Never Let Down

  1. xs says:

    Today’s odb has touched and encouraged many hearts today….I myself am really blessed by it….it’s really fitting given the hard times we are experiencing….. My fellow believers let us hold on to God’s unchanging hands…..trust and never give up
    Gob bless you all….

  2. xs says:

    “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end” lamentations 3:22

  3. androidgyny says:

    i feel so down lately due to all the rejections and failures i experienced with all the job applications that i applied for. i feel and think that im useless and not good at all. it even came to a point where my relationship with my husband is affected, comparing myself to other people and feels that we are no longer connected.

    this is the first time i read odb again after a long time. the article perfectly fits for what im experiencing right now. i was thinking that He left me. Wants me to experience all the bad things in life. Blaming Him for what and where I am today. I thank Him for letting me know that I am not alone.

    Thank you for the whisper of hope and unconditional love.

    1. xs says:

      When your trials are all over, you will be a great blessing to someone….. Don’t be afraid to testify and encourage someone with your testimony….. You’ll come out as pure gold….hold on a little more

    2. jh3 says:

      Been there, done that. You have expressed life very well. I know the journey to learn trust again, and it gets better each day.

  4. Pleasant says:

    This message is a timely one, i have been facing lot of challenges and often feel God may not be happy with me. So engrossed with my pains and circumstances, i often focus on them rather than God, but this message has reminded me of How faithful and dependable God is.

    1. xs says:

      Hallelujah…. We’ll overcome

  5. ivansinsin says:

    What a timely reminder of the ever presence of GOD. In this time of uncertainty with our newborn baby, this reminds me that HE will always there for us. Let me rest all my hopes and prayers for our newborn baby to HIM.

  6. bookworm21397 says:

    I have been struggling with anxiety since the beginning of the year it was horrible in the beginning and while it has subsided it still isn’t gone. I’m terrified of death, and “the end times” I constantly question my salvation and scare myself with what “could happen” I’m always seeing things going on politically and other things in the world and am terrified of what could happen not only to me but to my family, and friends. I can’t stop being scared. This devotion helped me a little though know God is always with me is comforting to know. I’m still very afraid. I wish it would all stop so I wouldn’t have to see anything that might come in the future. I’m to scared, and idk if I could bare it.

    1. loviegee says:

      Hi bookworm21397,
      “Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
      And lean not on your own understanding;
      In all your ways acknowledge Him,
      And He shall direct your paths”(Proverbs 3:5-6). Also Matthew 6:25-33 and Philippians 4:6 reminds us not to be anxious about ANYTHING, but instead be prayerful and give thanks. These are God’s commands to us and when we do not obey we sin so I think it would be accurate to say worrying is a lack of total faith in God and therefore is a sin, though not intentionally. Worrying is futile because it does not help the situation at all, all it does is cause us to sin and wear us out. Someone said “Worrying is like a rocking chair, it keeps us busy but takes us no where” (unknown). “What a friend we have in Jesus all our sins and grief to bear, what a privilege to carry EVERYTHING to God in prayer.”(Joseph M. Scriven, 1855). Worrying is also one of satan’s best weapons against believers so please do not let him win. Be encouraged with the knowledge that God is incharge of the whole universe, he controls everything and whatever he allows in our life is for a reason/for his purpose. As believers we don’t need to worry because we can rest in that assurance. Whatever it is, even if it cause death we are going to a better place. This is a broken world which means bad things are going to happen whether we like it or not but as believers we have hope and therefore do not need to live in fear of ANYTHING! Our duty is to tell others – friends, family, and strangers about Jesus so that whatever happen to them we can rest assured they are in a better place.
      Be encouraged, God is in control.

    2. steve5 says:

      Bookworm, I am praying for peace to rule in your heart and mind. I used to have horrible panic attacks too. Trust Jesus with your salvation. A bruised reed He will not break . He will see you through to the end.

      1. xs says:

        Lovigee
        Powerful words….it ministered to me…. Bookworm, don’t think you are the only one…..we all struggle greatly with various issues including wat you’re facing….but as lovigee puts its….let’s trust God and hold on…..you shall overcome in Jesus name

    3. prodigal_son says:

      bookworm21397,if you have put your faith in Christ alone for salvation you are eternally secure! “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.”(John 10:28)
      “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
      I have struggled with anxiety and fear myself,but there is assurance in the Word. Jesus is coming back for us:

      17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:17-18)

  7. seasons says:

    Lord, please forgive me for being the one who has crashed you down in terms of importance in my life. Thank you that even so, you are here and you have’t left my side because I had devalued you. Please help me to see you in you rightful place in my life. Amen.

  8. kedz says:

    This message is so timely. Like many who responded I am also experiencing challenges with my heath. Each day I am reminded of God’s renewal process and His ability to heal our hearts, souls and bodies. Even in the waiting phase of our deliverance we can look to our Father to provide us support and patience. Amen

  9. oneshot12 says:

    It’s a struggle to suffer and wait but I know The Lord will never leave me or forsake me. I try to focus more on HIM when life is hard.

  10. princessdee says:

    The fact that God is forever faithful gives me a hope even during trying periods.I keep trusting him n he shows himself faithful in the end.I have been in different waiting rooms, but when God remembers me, people around me begin to envy me.
    “Because he lives, I can face tommorrow”.

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