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    April 25 Day 115

    Substitution

    David Wiles, Chief Executive Officer of Frontier Youth Trust, tells the story of a volunteer at a hospital. He got to know a little girl named Liz, who was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her five-year-old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her younger brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. He hesitated for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, “Yes, I'll do it if it will save her.” 

    April 24 Day 114

    Two Ways to Live

    Albert Einstein said, ‘There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.’ 

    April 23 Day 113

    The Middle Voice: God's Part and Ours

    ‘Eighty percent of life,’ according to Woody Allen, ‘is just showing up.’ So much of life is simply the set of circumstances we find ourselves in – things happen to us. For example, our parents, our genetic design, the weather, much of our education and our government are all things that we experience as ‘happening to us’. In Greek grammar, these things are expressed in what we call the ‘passive voice’. However, we also make things happen. When I initiate an action and do something, this is expressed in the ‘active voice’.

    April 22 Day 112

    The Power and Potential of Words

    Sir Winston Churchill’s impact on the twentieth century is difficult to overestimate. A master orator and writer, Churchill knew the power of words. Martin Gilbert, Churchill’s official biographer, wrote a book called Churchill: The Power of Words. Churchill’s words sing in a way that English-language leaders and politicians have tried unsuccessfully to match ever since.

    April 21 Day 111

    Resurrection

    The Vicar of Dibley, a UK TV sitcom featuring a woman vicar played by Dawn French, is based on the life of one of the first women vicars – Joy Carroll Wallis. A few years ago we met Joy. She told us a story about when she was an Anglican Priest in Brixton, London.

    April 20 Day 110

    Guidance

    Easter Sunday is the high point of the Christian year, as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. The physical resurrection from the dead of Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of Christianity. Jesus’ resurrection confirms everything he said about who he was. He is not some long dead historical figure. He really was a man whose identity was God. He is risen. He is alive today and he promises to be our guide.

    April 19 Day 109

    The Importance of the City

    I live in London. With a population of 8.3 million, it is the largest city in Europe and the twenty-first largest in the world. It receives fifteen million visitors a year. It is a city where over 300 languages are spoken.

    April 18 Day 108

    Midlife Crisis

    I like to think of myself as young. Recently, I heard that middle age runs from thirty-five to fifty-eight years of age. On that basis, soon not only will I not be young, I will not even be middle-aged! 

    April 17 Day 107

    The God-Centred Life

    William Temple, like his father before him, was Archbishop of Canterbury (1942–1944). Among his many remarkable achievements, he wrote a superb commentary on the Gospel of John. He wrote the entire commentary, entitled Readings in St John’s Gospel, whilst praying on his knees before God.

    April 16 Day 106

    The Presence of God

    If you love somebody, what you long for more than anything else is that person’s presence with you. Photos are a comfort. Telephone calls, emails and texts are nice. Letters are good. Skype and FaceTime are great ways to communicate. Yet nothing can compare to actually spending time with them in person.