How Can You Silence Fear? (Montana Bears and Florida Hurricanes)

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It’s Thursday in Montana. I’ve had the trip of a lifetime, and now I’m watching the smoke from forest fires settle over Whitefish and hide the mountains from view, like a gray cloak concealing a precious work of art. Back home in Florida, my family and friends are bracing themselves for the threat of Hurricane Irma, which CNN is simply calling, “a monster.” With images of Hurricane Harvey still fresh in our minds, almost everyone I know has filled at least part of their days with prayer or worry or both this week.

Giving Thanks for the Fleas

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I’m about to give a spoiler to the incredible book, “The Hiding Place” by Corrie ten Boom. Many of you read this in school. It’s the story of a Dutch Christian woman who was arrested by the Nazis and imprisoned in a work camp for hiding Jews in her house. I don’t know how I’ve lived this long without reading it.

The book offers so many lessons for us on justice, deliverance, hope, and faith. But this post is about one lesson in particular that Corrie and her family teach us through their story: How to be thankful for the fleas. So, here’s the spoiler.