"Be Still and know that I am God" 

- Psalm 46:10

 

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– For the greater glory of God

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Monday
Oct132014

Daily Meditation – Friendship and Courage

[Consider the themes of friendship and courage below]

In the late 1950’s, Brian Piccolo attended Central Catholic High School and later Wake Forest University where he led the nation in scoring and rushing in his senior season of 1964. Yet, believed by scouts not being big or fast enough, he was not drafted to the NFL but later did sign a free agent contact with the Chicago Bears. At the same time, the All American Gale Sayers was drafted by Chicago. During a period of racial divide, these two, one white and the other an African-American, became roommates and would go on to form an amazing friendship.

Brian Piccolo was diagnosed with cancer in November 1969 and subsequently began chemotherapy treatments. In April 1970, his left lung and breast were removed. A short time later, his friend Gale Sayers was awarded the George Halas Award as the league’s most courageous player for the 1969 season and for his own recovery from an injury. Upon accepting the award, Sayers gave the following emotional speech:

“ I'd like to say a few words about a guy I know, a friend of mine. His name is Brian Piccolo, and he has the heart of a giant and that rare form of courage which allows him to kid himself and his opponent -- cancer. He has a mental attitude which makes me proud to have a friend who spells out "courage," 24 hours a day, every day of his life.

Now you flatter me by giving me this award. But I say to you here and now, Brian Piccolo is the man of courage who should receive the George S. Halas award.

It's mine tonight and Brian Piccolo's tomorrow.

I love Brian Piccolo. And I'd like all of you to love him too.

And tonight, you hit your knees: Please ask God to love him.”

Brian Piccolo died in June 1970 but the memory of his friendship, courage, humor, and teamwork lives on .

 

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Sunday
Oct122014

Daily Meditation - Love Renews

"Love does not consume: it gives and, in giving, receives. And in giving it is not used up but renews itself."

- St. Thomas Aquinas

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Saturday
Oct112014

Daily Meditation – Love never fails!

[In the first letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians, he wrote in detail about love. Specifically, one insight provided by Paul stands out and is truly applicable to life’s daily circumstances. Consider the three words below. Say them slowly and periodically throughout the day]

“Love never fails.”

- 1 Corinthians 13:8
 

 

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Friday
Oct102014

Daily Meditation – Confidence with God

Consider the will of God and the words below.

If God is for us, who can be against us?

- Romans 8:31


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Thursday
Oct092014

Daily Meditation – Touch of the Master

Touch of the Master’s Hand

T’was battered and scarred, and the auctioneer
Thought it scarcely worth his while
To waste much time on the old violin,
But held it up with a smile.
"What am I bidden, good folks," he cried,
"Who’ll start the bidding for me?"
"A dollar, a dollar," then, two! Only two?
"Two dollars, and who’ll make it three?
"Three dollars, once; three dollars, twice;
Going for three . . . "But no,
From the room, far back, a grey haired man
Came forward and picked up the bow;
Then, wiping the dust from the old violin,
And tightening the loose strings,

He played a melody pure and sweet
As a caroling angel sings.

The music ceased, and the auctioneer,
With a voice that was quiet and low,
Said: "What am I bid for the old violin?"
And he held it up with the bow.
"A thousand dollars, and who’ll make it two?
Two thousand! And who’ll make it three?
Three thousand, once; three thousand, twice;
And going and gone," said he.
The people cheered, but some of them cried,
"We do not quite understand
What changed its worth?" Swift came the reply:
"The touch of a master’s hand."
And many a man with life out of tune,
And battered and scarred with sin,
Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd,
Much like the old violin.
A "mess of potage," a glass of wine;
A game, and he travels on.
He is "going" once, and "going" twice,
He’s "going" and almost "gone."
But the Master comes and the foolish crowd
Never can quite understand
The worth of a soul and the change that’s wrought
By the touch of the Master’s hand.

- Myra Welsh

 

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