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Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

July 9

Frank E. Graeff, 1860–1919
  And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:20)
  God whispers in our pleasures but shouts in our pain.
—C. S. Lewis
Frank E. Graeff, author of this hymn text, knew what it was to wonder, as most of God’s children do at times, if the Lord is really concerned during our times of hurt, when the burdens and cares weigh heavily, when the way seems dark, when temptation seems difficult to resist, or when we must part with our dearest loved one. Yet the answer comes back triumphantly: “I know my Savior cares!”
Known as the “sunshine minister” of the Methodist denomination in the churches of the Philadelphia conference, Frank Graeff was widely liked for his cheerful and winsome personality. C. Austin Miles, writer of the hymn “In the Garden,” said of him:
  He is a spiritual optimist, a great friend of children; his bright sun-shining disposition attracts not only children but all with whom he comes in cont…

Fresh Start Devotionals

July 9


How important is your prayer life? How would you describe prayer to a new believer?


Prayer is Personal. Hallmark can express our sentiments with their well written cards, but no gesture is as personal as prayer. When you care enough to send the very best, send your prayers.


Not long ago, I was having a conversation with one of our members after losing my little sister to lupus. When I told Mrs. Cuevas about Lori’s passing, and the phone call I got early in the morning from my mother, she said “Pastor, I was praying for you at that time.” God knew I needed extra strength and He had one of our lovely ladies praying for me just when I needed prayer the most. It is refreshing to know that God loves us enough prompt people to pray for us.


The scripture teaches us to “Pray without Ceasing.” How important is your prayers? So important that God wants you to be in a prayerful attitude all the time.


When you pray, you are saying YES to God. Jesus wres…