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America’s Spirit

April 16





America’s Spirit
During his sermon at the Washington National Cathedral on the National Day of Prayer and Remembrances for the victims of the terrorist bombings on the World Trade Center in New York, NY and on the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Dr. Billy Graham drew a parallel between the destruction in New York and society.

“When damaged, those buildings eventually plummeted to the ground, imploding in a moment’s time. Yet underneath the debris is a foundation that was not destroyed,” Graham said.

With time, the debris will be carted away and something will be rebuilt where the proud twin towers once stood, but today, all is lost, except the foundation.

There is another foundation that is standing fast—the firm foundation of dedication and loyalty of the fire fighters, police officers and rescue workers who continue to sift through the rubble, against impossible odds, to try to rescue anyone who is still alive. Its been over a week of 12 hour shifts since they pulled anyone fr…

NEARER, MY GOD, TO THEE

August 16




NEARER, MY GOD, TO THEE
Sarah R. Adams, 1805–1848
  Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. (James 4:8 KJV)
This well-loved hymn was written by a talented and charming English woman who lived only 43 years. In spite of her delicate health, Sarah Flower Adams had an active and productive life. After a successful career on the London stage as Shakespeare’s Lady MacBeth, she began to write and became widely known for her literary accomplishments. The cross mentioned in the first stanza of her hymn text may have been the physical handicaps that limited her many ambitions.

Sarah’s sister Eliza was gifted musically and often composed melodies for her sister’s poems. Together they contributed 13 texts and 62 new tunes for a hymnal that was being compiled by their pastor. One day the Rev. William J. Fox asked for a new hymn to accompany his sermon on the story of Jacob and Esau. Sarah spent much time studying Genesis 28:10–22 and within a short time completed all of the stanza…