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Feeling empty? Feeling alone?

When I was in my teens I first read the story of Corrie ten Boom –a Dutch watchmaker and Christian who along with her father and other family members, helped many Jews escape the Nazi holocaust during World War II. She spent time in prison for her actions and was miraculously released due to a ‘clerical error’ Corrie, often known as a Tramp for the Lord, spent the remaining years of her life traveling all over the world sharing the love of Jesus and the hope that is found in Him. She not only wrote many books but in 1971 her bestselling book “The Hiding Place was made into a movie and released by World Wide Pictures in 1975.

I’ll never forget that night when I saw “The Hiding Place”, starring Jeanette Cliff George in the role of Corrie.  It was the first movie that I had ever seen and as I entered the packed auditorium that night my heart beat loud with excitement. I had read many of Corrie ten Boom’s books and knew that I was in for a moving experience. But I had no idea. From the beginning I was drawn into this story of love and forgiveness. And I walked out that night inspired as I realized that God worked in our lives through the darkest of circumstances. I was and continue to be in awe of His amazing grace particularly when life leaves you empty.

There are times in all of our lives when we might experience emptiness. And although our story might not be as dramatic as Corrie’s the realization of His forever care and provision is the same. Whether we are sitting alone in an airport terminal or a hospital waiting room, His Presence is there. His love keeps reaching whether we are aware of it or not.

Wherever you are tonight

He is there with you.

However you are feeling

He cares.

His love for you is deep and personal.

His love changes people. It certainly has me.

How about you?

 

 

Who Is Calling For Your Help Today?

An ordinary day. An ordinary walk.

Just my youngest daughter and I at the downtown mall.

Suddenly I heard the sound.

So faint I almost missed it.

“Please help me.”

I glanced around wondering where those words had come from.

My eyes fell on the form of an elderly woman crouched on the steps of a building.

I slowed my steps to look and I heard those words again.

“Please help me.”

My heart leapt with mixed longing and caution.

Alone she sat while people walked back and forth busy about their plans.

Her aged eyes met mine

and she spoke again. “Please help me.”

Placed before her on the brick walk was a solitary bowl containing a few bills.

I kept on slowly walking pondering the need suddenly put right on my path.

“Was she really in need?”

She was clothed simply as far as I could see. But those words pierced my heart.

As my daughter and I walked on past we softly spoke.

“We should give something to her,” we agreed.

I knew that we didn’t have much with us. And was this a genuine need?

In this day it is common to ask this question.

And then I thought again. My daughter –young and growing so quickly these days

was learning. What would my life teach her?

Caution? To hold tightly to what we have? To shut our hearts to the needs of another?

Lord, help me live with open heart and open hands, I prayed.

He knew the bigger need at that moment.

In the distance I could hear the shaky voice call again, “Please help me.”

And in that moment I knew.

Life is lived by giving;

not grasping.

By emptying ourselves;

not hoarding our treasured possessions.

By loving;

not selfishness.

It took only a few second until we stood in front of her.

We both rummaged in our wallets.

Time seemed to stop as I watched my daughter step forward

to place our offering in the bowl.

Multiply that simple offering, Lord, and bless this dear soul.

Yes, Lord.

In as much as you do it unto her you do it unto Me. (Matt. 25:37)

A sacred moment when we touched His Robe.

Let me never become so cautious and careful

that I miss an opportunity to join You in Your Work here

and I turn deaf ears to a cry for help.

“Please help me.”

Who is calling for your help today?

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Songs In The Night

Another night.

Tossing back and forth.

Thinking.

Praying.

Remembering.

The words of treasured hymns from long ago come to mind.

‘When you walk with the Lord.’

‘It is well’.

Even ‘Jesus Loves me’

Then suddenly

‘Who lovingly guardeth my footsteps

and giveth me songs in the night.’

Words of long ago. So long ago I tossed some more trying to remember

what hymn they were from.

Praying. Praying for this one. For that one. Praying some more.

Songs in the night.

An amazing thought.

Those treasured songs of long time past comfort and encourage me today.

He still gives songs in the night.

For you. For me. For all those who are weary and broken.

Redeemed.

He redeems all our heartaches and brings beauty from ashes.

Songs in the night.

Listen in the stillness

whispers of love.

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