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By firstname.lastname@example.org (Shelley Darling) Friday, August 29, 2014 by David Fahnle CoH member Scripture “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” -Isaiah 41.10 A Word of Hope Facebook and other social media sites can be forums for bitter personal political rants, ubiquitous pictures of cute kittens and endless posts of selfies highlighting our proud participation in the latest “challenge” fad. Occasionally, however, our best friends use electronic communication to encourage, inform or engage us with their thoughts that can strengthen us in our journey together. David Fahnle, along with his remarkable son Thomas, has been a member of Cathedral of Hope for years and one of our most gifted and tireless volunteers in both our Children’s and Youth Ministries. He recently posted the following thoughts on Facebook which remind us that, in the right hands, the social networks can offer us some hope: I know that there are a number of you that have been plagued by housing dilemmas, financial/employment anxieties and relationship concerns (lack of or status of the current one). I can’t say that I haven’t been there before or won’t be there again, but I have something that I’d like you to consider. I don’t know what you’re going through at all but this may help you find a bright spot in the darkness. About a month ago my son and I had the honor/pain of visiting the Holocaust Museum here in Dallas. While the cases of artifacts evoked painful thoughts, the videotaped interviews with Holocaust survivors left me with mental images I will never forget. I cannot imagine having everything that you are and everything that you have taken from you, watching your family and friends murdered in front of you, being branded like cattle, watching soldiers throw infants and children out of windows to be used for target practice by troops below. These interviews were hard to watch but remarkable because these survivors told their stories without hate, anger or frustration. They survived because somehow the resilience of the human spirit carried these otherwise ordinary people on to lead happy and productive lives. In many places in the world right now things aren’t much better than during that terrible time. I propose this to give you hope: 1) No matter where you are in your life, you are in a better place than at least 2 BILLION other people on this planet. 2) Your resilience has carried you this far and that is the BEST gift that you can give yourself. HAVE FAITH, COURAGE AND PERSEVERE –you ARE loved… Prayer In times such as these, may we always remember the words of 2 Timothy 1.7: “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” If you would like to receive the Cathedral of Hope devotion, we would love to be able to send it to you directly. Sign up today to receive your own copy.
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An initiative of United Church Funds, the Beyond Fossil Fuels Fund is gaining momentum with UCC churches, conferences and agencies that are eager to put the phrase “money talks” into action by using their investments to advocate for the good of the earth.
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