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Fresh Start Devotionals

Faithfulness Our ride to the fields in the brisk, pre-dawn mornings was always quiet. When we were younger, it was Dad who drove us; as we got older and my oldest brother could drive, he’d take us to the field where we’d be working that day. I liked the quiet. It gave me a chance to lean up against the door, close my eyes and steal a few more minutes of sleep. In the country I grew up in, a boy began working in the cotton patches as soon as he was old enough to see over the cotton and hold a hoe. It was hard to scratch out a living for most folks, so their children contributed by doing work for the local farmers. I’m not sure what the older boys were paid, but I got $1.00 an hour, payable at the end of the summer. Boy did I look forward to the end of the summer. Our parents would take us to the bank and we’d cash our checks then we’d go to the store and they’d help us pick out our school clothes for the year. We’d pay for them with money we’d earned. If there was any left over after…

Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

February 6 THE LOVE OF GOD Words and Music by Frederick M. Lehman, 1868–1953 The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17) Never has God’s eternal love been described more vividly than in the words of this greatly loved hymn: “measureless,” “strong,” “evermore endure …” The unusual third stanza of the hymn was a small part of an ancient lengthy poem composed in 1096 by a Jewish songwriter, Rabbi Mayer, in Worms, Germany. The poem, entitled “Hadamut,” was written in the Arabic language. The lines were found one day in revised form on the walls of a patient’s room in an insane asylum after the patient’s death. The opinion has since been that the unknown patient, during times of sanity, adapted from the Jewish poem what is now the third verse of “The Love of God.” The words of this third stanza were quoted one day at a Nazarene campmeeting. In the meeting …