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Shining Moments

Have you heard of the Chinese infant recovered from a sewer pipe by firefighters?

If not, please read the excellent article by Gina Diorio.

http://liveactionnews.org/did-chinese-firefighters-waste-their-time-in-saving-unwanted-baby-in-pipe/

The sound of a baby’s cry

The recognition that this baby’s life was worth saving

The mother’s desire for him does not determine the value of the life

Memories again come to my mind on this beautiful Spring day.

An orphanage in Russia, more in Ukraine

the workers doing what they could

precious little children

needing a family of their own.

The questions directed at me –

“You’re going to what?”

“How –

“Why –

The sound of a baby’s cry drew me halfway around the world.

It continues to draw me forward

seeking to do all that I can do in my lifetime.

Hagar placing her son under a bush in desperation (Genesis 21:16)

and God heard it’s cry and hers.

Do not fear because God has heard the voice of the lad where he is.

God sees

and hears

and knows

but do we?

Does my heart respond to the cries?

“Why?” I was challenged in a Sunday School class long ago.

My heart quickly answers “How can I not?”

It is our responsibility/

Each life has incredible value.

God showed Hagar a well

yes, a well of water nearby.

God provides.

In our country where all too often decisions are made based upon selfishness

we must take our stand.

God still hears the cries of the babies

the cries of the unborn

the cries of the oftentimes desperate mother.

He is the God Who makes a way when there seems to be no way.

Let’s hear the cries and wade into the problem doing everything we can.

Will you join me?

           

How Can I Sing When I’ve Lost All Hope?

 

She looked at me with tears coursing down her cheeks.

“After all I’ve been through, I just don’t know how to go on.”
Her life was a story of tragedy and loss. Her husband had left her with three young children. Their home had burnt down and on top of it she had just lost her job.

“I used to believe.” She said twisting the tissue in her hand. “Yes, I used to tell others

that they would be alright. But I honestly have lost all hope.”

We spoke for a long time that day.

It didn’t seem to make sense. But then sometimes life doesn’t.

I had no profound words to offer. No quick fix to suggest.

But I gave her what I could.

Hope.

Hope that something would change. That she would see her well in the desert as Hagar did. You can read the story in Genesis 16. Hagar had fled with her son and was watching her son die. She had no hope. But then God stepped in.

 

When God steps in everything changes.

Fevers drop. Cancers disappear. Money appears from nowhere. A job is offered from a seemingly impossible source. A prodigal child calls home.

Yes, there is always hope.

 

He is with you right now. Longing to comfort you.  Breathing within you fresh courage

and a new song.

 

Remembering that causes me to sing this morning.

Look not at how things are today. No, look into the face of the One Who still calms the storms and places wells in the deserts.

 

Be encouraged, my friend. There is always hope.

 

“May the God of hope, fill you with all joy and peace as you believe…” Romans 15:13