2 Corinthians 9:15
November 21, 1993
As we are nearing the end of 1993, we will begin hearing
various news reports about the most interesting stories
of the year. In fact, many of these stories serve only as
interesting as they are filled with tragedy and move our
hearts toward compassion.
One of these stories will be the Amtrack train disaster
that happened on a foggy everig over a bayou in the state-
of Alabama. Behind the finger pointing and law suits will
be one of those choice stories.
Gerary and Mary Jane Chancey had devoted the last eleven
years to caring for their eleven year old daughter, Andrea.
Andrea was bound in a wheelchair as a victim of cerebral
palsy. As the water sucked their train car in- the bayou,
Geray and Mary Jane Chancey pushed Andrea through
a window into the arms of rescuers. It was their last act
on this earth. The parents of Andrea Chancey perished
in the crash. This kind of love continues to be the animating
emotion of our lives.
This action of love reminds me of the words of Jesus in
John 15:13 when He said, "Greater love has no one than
this, that one lay down his life for his friends. "The
Chanceys laid down their lives for their wheelchair bound
daughter, Andrea. What an expression of love!
THE SETTING IN THE BIBLE:
The Apostle Paul was moved beyond words in 2
Corinthians 9:15 when he said, "Thanks be to God
for His indescribable gift!" The Living Bible records
this verse by saying, "Thank God for His Son -- His
Gift too great for words." Paul was often moved
by the love of God that was extended to Him through
the death of Jesus Christ.
In the book of 2 Corinthians Paul defended his character
and his ministry. As he was under great attack from
others he reminded his people that his walk always
matched his talk.
Paul began to challenge them to become partners in
ministry. He commended them for their eagerness
to help financially carry on the work of God through
His p ...
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