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"And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall."

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Thursday, December 06, 2007

The hardest book I ever read

I recently sat down to read a book that was highly recommended by a good friend. I don't know that I would have ever picked this book to read, myself, but as it was given to me I felt I ought to read it.

The book I am talking about is Give Us This Day by Sidney Stewart. It is the true story of a survivor of the Bataan Death March.

It took me a couple days to get past the first page or two, but then I was drawn in with a vengeance. It took the better part of a day to read the remainder of the book. I could not put it down. But OH how I cried!

I was warned that it was a hard read. It is most definitely NOT for the faint of heart. The night after I read it I could not sleep. My mind simply would not be quiet. It had too much to talk about and discuss with me.
It is an incredible story. I was profoundly moved by the underlying story of faith that carried this man through this horrendous experience.

Thank you, jb, it was/is a really good book!

"Sometimes, son, men know not what they do. They cannot help sometimes when they lose faith in themselves, sometimes even in God. But God is just. Your God is a just God."

---Father Cummings

Suddenly I felt stronger again. I reached over and touched [my friend's] body. It was growing cold now. I looked down at his face. It was strange to me that I had not noticed how very thin he had become, how sunken his cheeks were. He had suffered, he had wanted to live. He had been good, always kind and good. I looked up, closing my eyes, and I could feel God about me. I knew that God forgave him.

Christ's own words came to me like whisper:

'My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me!'

All at once I knew that God had taken [him] home. God was good.
----excerpts from Give Us This Day

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On Tuesday, December 11, 2007 1:01:00 PM, Blogger nanc wrote...

God is STILL good. in every situation - sometimes we don't realize it until we get on the OTHER side of the hurdle.

i love the Lord - my husband is the other man in my life.

i've been meaning to read "the bataan death march" for the last couple of years, perhaps this one also.

just finished "the art of war" by sun tzu a couple of months back. there is something about war that has drawn me to these books and movies in the last five or six years.

of course, like i always say, "i never really cared about history until i had one."

On Tuesday, December 11, 2007 2:14:00 PM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

I had never really paid much attention to that part of history. This has given me a new interest in it.

and yes, God is Still good...always.

On Wednesday, December 12, 2007 4:18:00 PM, Blogger Phelonius wrote...

Thank you, Kelly. I am touched that you read this book the same way that I did as a youth. I have known a man that was a survivor of that march, and he was a Catholic Priest. He was, in fact, a priest in the Dominican Order.

He told me that he did not remember Bill Cummings in particular, but when I asked him, he said that "there were so many..."

We cried together for the memories of Fr. Cummings, Rass, and the thousands of others.

I have been a lucky human being in my life to have touched these souls in my own small way.

On Thursday, December 13, 2007 8:32:00 AM, Blogger Kelly wrote...

I really appreciate you sharing this story with me.

Most often, the stories of faith that move us the most are those where man has overcome adversity.


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