When Christopher Columbus was sailing to the new world, his hired sailors were threatening mutiny. The voyage was long and hard, and there was no land in sight for weeks. One day, Columbus saw an encouraging sign. Floating on the ocean swells was a small tree branch. The branches’ leaves were green, indicating land could not be far away. The green branch gave the sailors enthusiasm and a renewed hope. Soon after its discovery, land was sighted from the sailor in the crow’s nest.
When all seems hopeless God has a way of surprising us and being present, even in the loneliest places. It is not God who is absent but we who have ceased to believe in a God who loves us more than we love ourselves. (Keith Wagner, “Who Said Loving Others Was Easy?” Sermons.com newsletter)

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