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*Listening in the Dark*


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Good morning! I thought I should share another story this week! Enjoy this one from one of our favorite writers: Ken Pierpont! From my family to yours, Michael


Listening in the Dark

By Kenneth L. Pierpont

Years ago in my room at Moody I would pray at night with my roommate Paul Davidheizer.  We would get in our beds and turn off the light, then we would each pray.  After we prayed we would usually talk for a while.  Often I would still be talking after I discovered the Paul was asleep.  He was a great guy but I could just talk longer than he could listen.

I am almost always the first one up in the morning around our place.  So when bedtime comes for me Hope, who is four and enjoys the luxury of sleeping in, usually has another good half hour of energy left in her day.  She doesn?t wind down slowly and the end of the day.  She finishes her day like a runner straining for the tape.  She always has a little burst, a little sprint to the finish.  I know in a perfect world parents put their children to sleep at night.  That?s not always the way it works at our house. 

The other night I was exhausted and eager to sleep.  I had an early start the next day and a full agenda.  I got into bed.  But Hope was in no mood to sleep.  She had a place of her own but she came in our room and jumped in bed with us and refused to lie down.  For a few minutes she used the bed for a trampoline until I made her stop. 

?Lie down right now and go to sleep Hope.? I warned her, and I turned off the light.

She lay down but my warning and the darkness had no effect on her whatever.  She jabbered on about her day, her dolls, her diet and her general philosophy of life unabated.  She punctuated her stories with pointed questions demanding a response.  One of us would mumble a barely coherent answer and she would chatter on.

Finally she interrupted her own energetic soliloquy with a question, ?Am I talking too much??

With that we were both awake and chuckling.  We both quickly assured her that she was not at all talking too much.  When heavy eyes ended my day she still had stories to tell.

As I drifted off to sleep I took comfort in the thought of my unsleeping Heavenly Father who never tires of hearing me talk.  He wants to know when I have something to celebrate.  He likes it when I tell him my fears and unburden my guilty heart to Him.  His listens when I chatter excitedly about my plans.  He cares about what I think.  He even stays awake at night and listens when I am talking in the dark.  He can listen longer than I can talk.

By Ken Pierpont

Write Ken and let him know your thoughts on his story!

Ken Pierpont is the Director of the Riverfront Character Inn and International Conference Center in Flint, Michgian.  He and his wife Lois have four sons and four daughters.  Ken has sends the Stonebridge Newsletter, a free weekly electronic newsletter, to almost 5,000 subscribers every Monday morning.  You can visit his site or e-mail Ken at


Thought For The Day:

"God has a history of using the insignificant to accomplish the impossible." --Richard Exley

Verse for the Day:

And Jesus looking upon them said, "With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible." --Mark 10:27

Kid's Thought For The Day:

"Don't argue for a later bedtime when you still have pajamas with feet."

Parent's Thought For The Day

"I regret often that I have spoken; never that I have been silent." --Syrus

Coach's Thought For The Day

"The Lord gave us two ends to use; one to think with, the other to sit on. Which one we use will determine how well we do in life. In other words, heads you win, tails you lose."

Writer's Thought For The Day:

"When I face the desolate impossibility of writing 500 pages, a sick sense of failure falls on me and I know I can never do it. This happens every time. Then gradually I write one page and then another. One day's work is all I can permit myself to contemplate and I eliminate the possibility of ever finishing." --John Steinbeck

Deep Thought For The Day:

"If a man says something in the woods and there are no women there, is he still wrong?"



"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20

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