Hopeful or Hopeless?

By , February 23, 2017

“we have such a hope”
2 Corinthians 3:12 (NIV)

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In his most popular book, Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankel wrote about being a prisoner in the dreaded Auschwitz death camp. He was a trained psychiatrist and a keen observer of human behaviour. His book has gone through close to a hundred printings and has been translated into several languages.

Frankel made one critical observation during those horrible years of starvation and beatings. He would see seemingly frail and delicate men go on and on without dying from their suffering. In other cases he saw men who were apparently physically healthy simply lie down and die. He was sure that no medical tests would ever prove a cause for the death of these seemingly healthy men.

What was the difference? This question haunted him as he studied the various cases in the death camp. Finally he found the answer to the situation. The missing ingredient in the healthy men who died was the matter of hope. As long as a prisoner had some hope of release and reunion with his loved ones he struggled to survive. But when the person decided that he was going to die in that dreadful place and never see freedom again, he simply let go of life and died.

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How can we make sense of it all?

By , February 22, 2017

“till I entered the sanctuary of God”
Psalm 73:17

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I recall the incident as though it was yesterday. I was a volunteer chaplain in criminal court and went every Wednesday morning early to visit the inmates who had been brought to a central court. Until a prisoner has had their trial date set they had to appear every week to be certain they were not lost in the shuffle.

The central room where they all were held was about 50 feet square. Perhaps 25-30 men were milling around in the big cell. I would get a docket of all those who were to appear that day in court and speak through the wall of bars separating me from them.

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Give Me Your Hand

By , February 21, 2017

“The hand of the Lord was upon me”
Ezekiel 33:22

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Something I have learned over the years of ministering to people in pain is that there really is such a thing as a “therapeutic touch”. I now am accustomed to holding the hand of a patient in hospital when they are especially ill. Usually this is done when I pray for them. People whose time with us is short desire our company and to have their hand held. Such a physical connection does wonders for the person even though we are not able to define clearly why this is so.

When my son and his family were in Haiti for a year they went through the experience of the tragic earthquake. They allowed their oldest daughter, 16, to attend the medical clinic with them. I sent my granddaughter some suggestions on how to comfort the injured and dying while her father sought to address the medical needs which were so urgent.

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How much are you worth?

By , February 20, 2017

“You are precious and honoured in My sight”
Isaiah 43:4

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I love jewellery stores. I could wander through them all day long it seems. The more expensive the jewellery the happier I am to see it. Marketing jewellery is a science these days. It seems that special lights are put into the ceilings of jewellery stores to better show the dazzling beauty of the cut stones. I have observed that the rings have a greater brilliance in the store than when you take it out of the store.

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Did God really mean it?

By , February 19, 2017

“…when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned”
Isaiah 43:2

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It was many years ago and we were having our summer vacation at my parents’ cottage in Haliburton. That year it rained and rained while we were at on holiday. Our two boys were small and we found ourselves exhausting our resources on how to entertain them inside the cottage. My older son would sometimes go down to the dock in his bathing suit and fish off the end of the dock in the pouring rain. He did not mind the weather and was happy to be out in the pouring rain as long as he could fish. His younger brother however, preferred to stay dry inside the cottage.

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