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May 02, 2021 · Bob Gass

Keep believing in them

“Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:8 NKJV

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Love is a powerful force in dealing with others, and the Bible says that it “never fails.” Other things fail, but not love. Most of us have heard the story of Helen Keller, who became blind and deaf as a toddler after an illness and yet went on to impact the world with her courage and kindness. But there is a “story behind the story.” It’s about “little Annie,” who was locked in the dungeon of a mental institution outside Boston—the only place, said the doctors, for the hopelessly insane. At times, Annie behaved like an animal, attacking those who came close to her cage. At other times, she sat in a daze. But an elderly nurse who held out hope for all God’s children began taking her lunch break in the dungeon, just outside little Annie’s cage. She hoped in some way to communicate love to her. One day she left her dessert—a chocolate brownie—next to Annie’s cage. Annie made no response. But the next day, the nurse found the brownie had been eaten, so every Thursday she brought one to Annie. As the weeks passed, doctors began to notice improvement in little Annie. After several months, they moved her upstairs. And eventually the day came when this “hopeless case” was told she could return home. By that time, however, Annie was an adult and she chose to stay at the institution and help others. One of those she cared for, taught, and nurtured was Helen Keller. Little Annie’s full name was—Anne Sullivan. Since God loves us and never gives up on us, we must do that for one another. And that’s the word for you today.

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The Word for You Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from Celebration Enterprises, Inc. Copyright © 2021