A Storehouse of Hope

May 27th, 2013

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Colossians 1:1-8

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s The Long Winter tells a grueling story of survival on the South Dakota prairie during the harsh winter of 1880-81. Fearing the coming winter her father moved the family from their remote homestead into town. The town was supplied by the train, so there was no fear of shortage. Unfortunately this winter was more severe than anyone had ever experienced, blizzard followed blizzard. The supply train was snowed in. No relief would come until spring. The town’s supplies slowly ran out. Death from starvation loomed. Almanzo Wilder (later to be Laura’s husband) and Cap Garland remembered hearing of a homesteader far from town who had reaped a bountiful wheat crop. The two young men undertook the perilous journey and were able to buy 60 bushels of wheat and haul it back through the deep drifts. The town was saved.

God has a storehouse of hope in heaven. Those who draw from His storehouse reap a harvest of faith and love. We don’t even have to go to heaven to get it! It is here, now.

Author: Duane C. Brush

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3 Responses to “A Storehouse of Hope”

  1. Hedylou gassman Says:

    May 27th, 2013 at 5:15 am

    The printed version of this devotional contains portions of hymns each day. Do you folks think you could include that part on this on-line version? The hymns always helped me through the day as the music and words would gently flow through my brain. thank hou for considering my suggestion. sincerely, Hedylou Gassman

  2. Barbara Says:

    May 27th, 2013 at 9:36 am

    There also has been several stories offering hope from those that survived the Moore tornado (offering us hope in tragic weather).

    One told of a teacher that covered her children and “prayed”.

  3. High Desert Pastor Says:

    May 27th, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Today’s story reminds me of my family’s struggle to survive our first winter in Alaska. Five of us homesteaded in Willow’ Alaska in 1960 in a twelve by twelve tent. There were no jobs to be found, but God’s grace provided. We picked crops in Palmer and also were allowed to take some vegetables for our needs. It was hard work for a twelve year old kid. We pooled our earnings to buy food for the harsh winter. We had dug a root cellar to keep the vegetables, but they froze. Things looked bad then the Army did manuevers in our area and on our land. We followed their trials and found they left a wealth of C Rations behind. They were life saving for us and enough to make it through the time of minus 40 temps that winter. It was all by God,s gifts of grace we survived. Alaska was a very unforgiving climate in 1960, but God was with us.

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