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Today's word with Dr. Bruce Chesser.
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Most of you know Joni Eareckson Tada.  She was a beautiful young woman that had her life drastically altered because of a water diving accident.  She was left permanently paralyzed but she came through that experience to have opportunities to share her faith in a myriad of ways.
 
One of her favorite stories is about a large barn that was outside of her home growing up.  She loved the barn because it held so many great memories from her pre-accident days.  She fondly remembered the beauty and charm of the old barn. But then a terrible act of vandalism resulted in a fire that almost destroyed the barn.  She describes the sounds and the smells that were associated with her family and friends frantically trying to save the barn and contain the fire.
 
But the story does not end there.  Despite her father having some health challenges of his own, he set about to rebuild the barn.  The foundation remained and on top of that foundation he built new beams and boards to rebuild it to its original beauty.  The second barn was every bit as nice as the first, maybe better.
 
Joni wrote, “I am like that barn.  I thought my life had been crushed out. But, with the help of God and my friends, it has been rebuilt.  I have discovered what I thought would always escape me – life in all its fullness.”
 
Here is a word from the Word:
 
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the whole earth.  He never grows weary or faint; there is no limit to His understanding. He gives strength to the weary and strengthens the powerless. Youths may faint and grow weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:28-31)
 
Have a great Tuesday!
 
Bruce
 
Vision 20/20 Reading Plan:  Acts 14

 
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