While we have been busy packing shoeboxes for children this year, Franklin Graham has been busy writing the story of the first 100 million boxes. And Samaritan’s Purse has shared a copy to give away to one reader of this blog!
This week, I’m sharing favorite quotes and passages from Operation Christmas Child: A Story of Simple Gifts. On page 99, we find a scene, a song, and a singer.
In a vehicle, approaching enemy forces, in Sarajevo, “maneuvering the narrow pass across Mount Igman” through snow and fog.
“For the God on the mountain is still God in the valley
When things go wrong, He’ll make them right
And the God of the good times
Is still God in the bad times
The God of the day is still God of the night.”
Mary Damron, shoebox gatherer extraordinaire of West Virginia
“Mary stood in front of these children whose lives had been ripped apart by things they could simply not understand, but somehow they understood the message of that song. The team couldn’t help but remember the dangerous trip across the mountain, but that lasted only a short time. These children had lived with the reality of death, day after day. But that day, they learned about God who would be with them through the dark days and bad nights, even on the backside of that ominous mountain.”
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REALITY CHECK: My daughter recently anaphylaxed while we were out of town. I can’t remember the count of how many of these reactions she’s had, but I have still not grown accustomed to them. One moment she’s laughing at jumping fish who refuse to cooperate for the camera. And the next, her throat is swelling closed and we are on the way to the hospital. Yes, Mary Damron, the God of the mountain is still God in the valley. I may have cried my way through worship on Sunday, but He caught every tear.