The Human Touch

The Human Touch

I recently heard about a business executive who became depressed. Things were not going well at work, and he was bringing his problems home with him every night. Every evening he would eat his dinner in silence. His wife and five-year-old daughter felt completely shut...
Just A Little Faith

Just A Little Faith

There was a woman in a community who was well known for her simple faith and grace under pressure. She had endured many trials and difficulties in life – and yet remained vibrant and full of hope. Another woman who had never met her, but had heard of her faith, came...
He Stinketh

He Stinketh

I once heard a funny story about a fraternity that wanted to have a pet goat. One of the fraternity brothers approached the Dean to ask permission for the goat to live in the fraternity house. The Dean listened patiently to the young man explain that they would care...
A Little Child Shall Lead Them

A Little Child Shall Lead Them

I recently heard a story that dates back to the 1960s. A first grader went on her first day to a newly integrated school in the south at the height of the desegregation storm. An anxious mother met her at the door to inquire “How did everything go, honey?” “Oh,...
A Continual Feast

A Continual Feast

There was a PEANUTS cartoon years ago in which Lucy asks Charlie Brown if he has ever known anybody who was really happy. Before she can finish her sentence, however, Snoopy comes dancing on tip-toe into the frame, his nose high in the air. He dances and bounces his...
Trust With All Your Heart

Trust With All Your Heart

Several years ago, I was struck by a poster hanging in one of the children’s Sunday school rooms at the church I was serving. On the poster there was a picture of a white-water raft full of people racing down the face of an enormous waterfall. You can see the look of...
You Are Note Alone

You Are Note Alone

Bennett Cerf relates a fable about a very wise old man who was visited by a group of discontents determined to tell him their troubles. The wise man suggested, “Write down your greatest trouble on a piece of paper.” He then threw all the papers into a pot and said,...
All Things Working for Good

All Things Working for Good

In her short story, “The Man in Bogota,” Amy Hempel writes about wealthy man in Columbia who was kidnapped for ransom. He had a serious heart condition and in order to keep him living, his captors made him exercise and quit smoking. Upon his release, his doctor told...
Heaven on Earth

Heaven on Earth

You may have heard about a young woman about to get married who said to her mother, “I can’t marry him, mother. He’s an atheist and he doesn’t believe there is a hell.” Her mother responded, “That’s all right, dear, marry him and between the two of us, I am sure we...
God Can (and Does) Use Anyone!

God Can (and Does) Use Anyone!

My friend Mary Brown once sent me an email that I received on a day when I was feeling down. I had been dwelling on my own problems and felt like I couldn’t do much right. The email read as follows: The next time you feel like God can’t use you, just remember… Noah...