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“He Died for Me!”

Nobody witnessed the crazed gunman sneak into Ford’s Theater the night Lincoln was shot, but many thousands saw the President’s body as it journeyed by train from Washington to Springfield where it was laid to final rest. The home stretch of Lincoln’s earthly travels deeply impacted the grateful people of a grieving nation.

Especially one nameless black woman from New York. Continue reading

The Very First Thanksgiving?

Ahhh, Thanksgiving. The annual season set aside to grumble and complain amongst family and friends. Be careful what you allow Thanksgiving to turn into, this year. Continue reading

Being Thankful Was Sooooo Yesterday!

It’s pretty sad that Thanksgiving is being eclipsed by an annual sale, but that’s the state of our holiday mindset. Maybe there’s some wisdom for all of us embedded in the words of Paul from Colossians 3:15. “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Continue reading

Thank God? For What?

It makes sense when praise music is written inside the confines of bejeweled cathedrals or by the hands of those on a spiritual mountaintop. But the world-famous hymn of gratitude entitled Now Thank We All Our God didn’t originate from either.

In fact, the situation that prompted its writing almost killed its author! Continue reading

A Life-Changing Game of Kickball

It was a normal game of kickball, by a normal group of kids, on a normal 4th of July. Even when the ball struck 9-year-old Jacob Holdaway in the head during the course of play, most labeled it a fairly normal occurrence for that particular game.

But what happened next was anything but normal. Continue reading

The Pitcher Who Praised

In Game 5 of the 1988 World Series, the Oakland Athletics hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oakland County Coliseum in front of 50,000 fans (and millions more via television). The Dodger’s mighty pitcher, Orel Hershiser, had put his team up 3-games-to-1, but as cameras zoomed in on him in the dugout, they spotted him mumbling to himself.

Had the pressure of the moment finally gotten to him? Was he losing his mind? Continue reading

A Bride’s Tragedy

Rachelle Friedman was supposed to be married by now. But only a few weeks before her wedding, tragedy struck.

At her bachelorette party in May of 2010, Rachelle’s best friend playfully pushed her into a shallow pool. The bride-to-be landed on her head, suffering a C6 spinal cord injury. When she surfaced, Rachelle couldn’t move…at all. Continue reading

An Important Round of Golf

Most of us have the same reaction to painful situations in life: we ask some version of the question, “Why?” But can you imagine having something terrible happen to you…and being incredibly thankful for it as a result?

Kathleen Murphy can. Continue reading