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Encouragement

A Christian philosopher who has been our dear friend for almost 50 years wrote today. Dan’s fever has returned.  But this message lifts our spirits! We wish you could know and talk with this good, wise man.

“It is Sunday evening and that is the day we used to phone;  when life was still better.

And that seems already long ago. We read your weblog every day. The good news and the bad news. And all the reflections. Well, what is life?  We try to do the good things, and we try to avoid the bad things and invest a lot of energy to improve the world, anyhow some people in it.

But in the end we discover that our bodies don’t belong to our possessions, and that we hence have no permanent place in this world. That our hands are empty. Of course, we knew this for long, but knowing and experiencing are different things. Inevitably the time comes that we discover that we don’t belong to this world.

There is a better world we were meant for and we may trust that we will go there, one day, sooner or later. All our sufferings will be like zero if we compare it with what eternity has to offer (like the outcome of a fraction with an infinite denominator is always zero how big the nominator may be). But we still live here, and now and there we experience both sufferings and love…and we have to live and deal with them. Of everything you had your share!

We pray that the good Lord will be with you, day and night. In illness, in health, and when the time has come he is calling us.”  Please, think about what he says. We are ready to meet our Maker.  We pray that you are too.  –  Dan and Anne

August 18, 2008 at 5:48 am 1 comment

Where Is Your Hope?

Psalm 39:4-7 

” 4 “Show me, O LORD, my life’s end 
       and the number of my days; 
       let me know how fleeting is my life.

 5 You have made my days a mere handbreadth; 
       the span of my years is as nothing before you. 
       Each man’s life is but a breath. 
       Selah

 6 Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro: 
       He bustles about, but only in vain; 
       he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it.

 7 “But now, Lord, what do I look for? 
       My hope is in you.” — Dan

August 18, 2008 at 1:52 am Leave a comment


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