"My future seemed so uncertain and I was asking, 'God, can you hear me?'"
I’ve got three children and ever since they were babies my wife Moira has heard every single murmur. Even now that they are 16, 12 and 7 she hears them when they call out from their beds and when she darts from our bedroom into theirs Moira (like an angel) is almost as quick as Usain Bolt. In a flash she is by their sides with a drink, a kiss, medicine, a soft word in their ear, a cuddle or whatever is needed.
The Jewish King David, the author of our Bible reading, experienced something similar, and this Bible reading was a source of great comfort, encouragement, and inspiration to me during my most difficult days.
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Contributed by Bruce Howell on Apr 5, 2001
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Contributed by Troy Borst on May 31, 2001
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Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 9, 2002
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Contributed by Kl Burrus on Nov 19, 2007
I read a story of a woman on vacation that was shopping in the finest stores. One day she saw the most beautiful cup she had ever seen. She went in bought the cup and everyday she would take the cup out and admire it. She would even talk to the cup and say, ’’I’m glad that I found you. You’re one ...read more
Contributed by R. David Reynolds on Feb 3, 2008
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