Dr. Mike Holloway
Dr. Jim Willoughby
Dr. Mike Holloway ~ May 24, 2020
One of the most recognized structures in the world, the Brooklyn Bridge, was opened to the public on this day in 1883. At the time of its completion, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. The most fascinating thing about the bridge was not how it was built or designed, but the dedication of the Roebling family in seeing it through to its completion. The bridge was designed by John Roebling who went to the East River to determine the exact location of where he would build the bridge. While at the location, an arriving ferry crashed into the dock and smashed his foot. Three of his toes had to be amputated, and the severity of the accident was such that he died less than a month later. His son, Washington Roebling, then took over as chief engineer of the project and made important and innovative changes to the bridge. While working on the bridge, a fire erupted in one of the towers. Washington ran into the affected tower to help extinguish the flames, which saved the bridge but caused him to acquire decompression sickness (known as the bends). His health was so injured by this that he was forced to complete the construction of the bridge from his bed. It was during his recovery that his wife, Emily, entered the picture in relation to the bridge's completion. She received instructions from her husband and then carried them to the construction site, issued them to the foremen, and then oversaw their work. She taught herself bridge construction, and in her husband's absence, she took over the job of chief engineer and ensured that the work continued. It took thirteen years for the bridge to be completed, but its durability and longevity indicate the quality of its construction as well as the dedication of the Roebling family. John, the dad, envisioned the bridge and put it on paper. Washington, the son, then stepped in upon his father's death to take the plans and transform them into a reality. When his health was ruined while building the bridge, his wife then stepped in to see its completion. Their dedication as a family should be encouraging to Christians in relation to their involvement in helping to build the church. Doing God's business should truly be a family affair.
This Day In History
Dr. Jim Willoughby ~ May 24, 2020
Frances Havergal was born in Worcestershire, England on December 14, 1836. Her father was a preacher in their town. Frances was very gifted as a child. At age four, she was reading and memorizing portions of the Bible, as well as writing about what she had learned. For most of her life, Frances struggled with very poor health, but she always applied herself to study and personal development, learning several languages including Hebrew and Greek. Throughout her childhood and early teen years, she struggled deeply with her salvation. While trying to live for God and write works about Him, she worried that she was not one of His children. Then as a young teen, she finally quit trying to live a life that was good enough, and gave her heart to Christ, trusting only in Him for her salvation. Concerning her conversion she said, “I committed my soul to the Saviour, and earth and heaven seemed brighter from that moment.” She was known as a great pianist and had a beautiful solo voice that caused her to be highly sought after for concerts. However, she turned them all down having dedicated her life to be used solely for God. She had a great burden for lost souls and gladly gave her very expensive jewelry collection to be sold and the money given to the church Missionary House, stating, “I don’t think I ever packed a box with such pleasure.” Concerning the writing of this great hymn, she wrote: “I went for a little visit of five days. There were ten persons in the house; some were unconverted and long prayed for, some converted but not rejoicing Christians. He gave me the prayer, ‘Lord, give me all in this house.’ And He just did. Before I left the house, everyone had got a blessing. The last night of my visit I was too happy to sleep and passed most of the night in renewal of my consecration, and these little couplets formed themselves and chimed in my heart one after another till they finished with ‘ever only, ALL FOR THEE!’” In 1879, at the age of forty-two, Frances’s health had become so bad that the doctor told her she did not have long to live. Her reply was, “If I am really going, it is too good to be true.” At the foot of her bed she had posted her favorite Biblical text, “...the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”