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Straining the strings of life

“Dad, Lapung is sick,” my daughter called out.

I was in the office tending to paper works that should have been put away weeks ago. Shoving the papers and files into the cabinet, I rushed over to the dorm where the little boy was staying with other 85 boys/girls, ages ranging from 5 – 17. It was a mild fever which was most probably caused by constipation. A small dose of medicine and one trip to the bathroom later, he was up and running with the rest of our 85 children.

Of the 86 children in our care, 52 of them were fully or partly sponsored. From school books to clothing to food, difficult at times but so fulfilling and enjoyable. When our world turned upside-down, we left the school and returned home. The school suffered, affecting the sponsored children. Many had to leave. May be, someday, someplace, I’ll get to meet them again and talk of the days we spent together and how God used the difficult moments in our lives to prepare us for better things. But at this point in time, my heart beats for them and how they’d be faring in life.


As the musician straineth his strings,
and yet he breaketh none of them,
but maketh thereby
a sweeter melody and better concord,
so God, through affliction,
makes his own better
unto the fruition and blessing
of the life to come.


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18 thoughts on “Straining the strings of life

  1. Darcy La Geekerd on said:

    Loved the saying at the end.

  2. Hi! It’s impressive that you took care of 86 children on your own! It must have been hard times..
    I hope that they are still fine and happy! Praying for them!

  3. Yes, that would be very much appreciated…

  4. Thanks for sharing those inspiring and comforting words, Khamneithang. As I read them, the words of St. Francis de Sales come to mind: “I would rather be weak than strong before God, for He takes the weak in his arms, and the strong He leads by the hand.” God bless!

  5. Absolutely agree with the verses at the end. Kids wonder why they can’t eat candy all the time, but parents know the reasons and guide their children until they’re old enough to understand. It is the same between us and God. We don’t know why things are difficult, but we must trust in the Lord, and one day, when we grow up spiritually (hopefully), we will understand.

  6. Thank you for that hopeful message. The flower image is beautiful. It looks like the “Bleeding Heart” flower I’ve seen in the US. What is the flower’s name?

  7. Thank you, my brother, for this message. I was in need of it badly 🙂 God Bless you and those 86 children will be in my prayers as well.

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  9. I love that quote you put at the end. 🙂

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