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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Every Dark Cloud has a Silver Lining" (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (02/28/08)
TITLE: Mama's Bible
By Deborah Bennett
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Postmarked 1956, it peeked from beneath the cover of my mama's Bible, capturing my attention and enticing me to explore further. I released it from its hiding place and immediately recognized the handwriting on the envelope as that of my granddaddy who passed away in 1985.
I withdrew a yellowed piece of paper from the envelope and was immediately overcome with emotion. Visions of the gentle, grayhaired man I called "Granddaddy" filled my thoughts as I read the words written to Mama when I was a young child and we were living in North Carolina.
Granddaddy began by telling Mama of the presents he had bought for me for Christmas that year. He then related how he had been ill but was healed through prayer.
"I have no trouble now. As you know, faith in God through Christ can do anything according to His will. So tell your troubles to God who hears at all times," he wrote.
I could not read any further for a few moments as I realized my finding that letter at that particular moment was not by accident but divine guidance. Mama had entered a nursing home, and we were packing up her things to be stored.
It was a depressing day, and I desperately needed a little encouragement from somewhere. I had not anticipated, however, that it would come from a sweet voice from the past that I thought had been silenced forever in this life! I believe the Lord in all His wisdom led my Mama to place that letter in her Bible long ago, knowing there would come a time when I would need to read my Granddaddy's words. The Lord's timing is always so perfect!
Granddaddy ended the letter with, "Hug Deborah for me...Tell Deborah to come to Granddaddy's and get Santa."
Christmas is a long way off, and I am too old for Santa. But, the Lord arranged long ago for Granddaddy to give me one last wonderful gift - a reminder of his love and encouragement – just when I needed it most.
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