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When I was a little girl I would pray, “God, please make all the sick people in the world get well.”  I would later pray, “God, please heal my Uncle Buster.”  He didn’t get well.  Later in life my brother was killed in an accident.  Why did that happen?  Didn’t God listen to me?  Although I’ve worked through a lot of my insecurity, uncertainties and questions, and my faith has grown commensurate with my prayer life and study of God’s Word, a circumstance today brought me back to my childhood.

There are some people you just can’t help.  You can give people opportunities, a job, food, shelter, transportation, but you can’t make them take that first step, can’t make them take care of themselves,  can’t give them a desire to be the best they can be.

Today, someone I know is despondent, without hope, feeling rejected.  Despite every word of encouragement from me, their life is spiraling out of control.  You may know someone like my friend.  Today I’m reminded that I can be that beacon of light in someone’s life … and I may be the only beacon they have.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13

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