ss_blog_claim=c53e9ec92a7dc61f0c7fbc60e189fc3d The Endless Life's Journey: Your Life Can Be A Message Of Hope For A Searching World
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Your Life Can Be A Message Of Hope For A Searching World





ON APRIL 19, 1995, A BOMB DESTROYED THE FEDERAL BUILDING IN OKLAHOMA CITY, KILLING 169 PEOPLE. ON THE SAME DAY, AN OHIO COUPLE, JULIE AND BRUCE MADSEN, SET OUT ON A CROSS-COUNTRY ODYSSEY TO WRITE A BOOK ABOUT HOPE AND GOODNESS IN AMERICA.
IN THEIR SEARCH, THE MADSENS FOUND STORIES OF HOPE IN THE LIVES OF ORDINARY PEOPLE RESPONDING TO ADVERSITY AND TRAGEDY. FOR EXAMPLE, A MINISTER LEADS PRAYER VIGILS AT THE SITE OF EVERY MURDER IN HIS MIDWESTERN CITY, AND A PHYSICIAN HAS DEVOTED HIS CAREER TO HELPING THE HOMELESS.
"BY THEIR FRUITS YOU WILL KNOW THEM". JULIE WROTE IN ONE OF HER STORIES. SHE WONDERED, "DO WE LEAVE PEOPLE FEELING UPLIFTED, OR DRAINED AND DOWNHEARTED?"
IF CHRIST IS AT WORK IN AND THROUGH US, THERE WILL BE A STORY OF HOPE IN US. WHETHER OUR SERVICE FOR CHRIST IS OBVIOUS OR OBSCURE, EVEN IF WE SUFFER FOR DOING GOOD, THE BIBLE URGES US TO KEEP CHRIST ON THE THRONE OF OUR HEARTS.
I KNOW SOMEONE FROM OUR CHURCH, I CALL HER ATE CLARENCE. LAST AUGUST 2006 HER HUSBAND THAT IS ONLY 30 YEARS OLD PASSED AWAY DUE TO A CANCER. WE THOUGHT WE WOULD SEE HER VERY DEPRESSED AND DEVASTATED. BUT NO WE DID NOT SEE HER LIKE THAT. ON HER TESTIMONY, THE DAYS BEFORE HER HUSBAND DIED, HER HUSBAND TOLD HER HE DONT WANT TO DIE YET BUT IF IT IS GOD'S WILL THEN HE WONT REFUSE. ATE CLARENCE SAID, HER HUSBAND DIED IN PEACE. HIS LAST WORDS TO HER BEFORE HE GAVE HIS LAST BREATH IS " MA, THEY'RE HERE NOW TO GET ME". OF COURSE IT HURTS HER, BUT SHE ALWAYS REMEMBER HER HUSBANDS WORD, IF ITS GODS WILL WHO ARE WE TO COMPLAIN?. AFTER HER HUSBAND DIED, SHE NEVER LOSE HOPE ON THIS LIFE. TO HER THERES STILL A LOT OF BATTLE SHE WILL FACE. TO HER AS LONG AS THERE IS LIFE, THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE AND I DO AGREE. I WAS SO BLESSED WITH HER LIFE'S TESTIMONY. NOW SHES STILL MOVING ON, FACING DIFFERENT BATTLES IN LIFE. BUT NEVER DID SHE LOSE HER HOPE BECAUSE SHE KNOW EVEN IF SHE LOSE HER PARTNER IN THIS WORLD, SHE STILL HAVE A STRONGER AND GREATER PARTNER. AND THAT IS GOD.
HER TESTIMONY INSPIRES ME TO NEVER LOSE HOPE ON THE HARDSHIP OF THIS LIFE'S JOURNEY. ITS NOT EASY TO LOSE A LOVED ONE'S BUT GOD KNOWS BETTER THAN US. HIS PLANS ARE PERFECT AND WHO ARE WE TO QUESTIONED HIM?

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