When The Lord brought back the captives to Zion,
we were like men who dreamed.
Our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them” Psalm 126:1,2
Rowland Croucher tells the story of an unusual reaction from a student in a history of religion in Israel lecture. “When I recounted the story of God’s miraculous intervention at the time of the Exodus, there was a sudden exclamation of ‘How marvellous!’ from one of the forty or so students crowded into the class. Startled by such an unusual occurrence I traced its source to a frail-looking young man – he looked as though the proverbial puff of wind would blow him over. A few minutes later, when we came to the point where God, in his grace, made a covenant with Israel, he exclaimed, ‘That’s terrific!’
“Back in the staff room I confided to my colleagues that we had something of an oddity in the first year diploma class. That was when I discovered that the student, Richard, was in fact an acute asthmatic who was so frail that he had never attended school. His entire education had been by a personal tutor who had encouraged dialogue and interaction.”
Sadly, Rowland Croucher goes on to tell that Richard quickly adapted to the ‘hallelujah-less, take-it-for-granted’ attitude of the rest of the class.
Don’t ever lose the wonder of your salvation. Those around you might have, but don’t you! Every day’s a new day. Every day’s a gift and never to be taken for granted. Today somewhere around 150,000 people will die. You’ve been given another day. Make it count!
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