Rev. Bob Shaw tells the story of rescuing Gladly as a metaphor for God's mercy to us.
Glady is a stuffed bear that came to work at the DisciplesNet studio after something especially scary happened to him! You will need to listen to Rev. Bob Shaw's story to get the details of his rescue.
By the way, Gladly's name comes from the story of the child who heard people in church singing the hymn,"Gladly the Cross I Bear," which is about people following in footsteps of Jesus. But the child thought the adults were singing instead, "Gladly the cross-eyed bear," about a friendly bear somehow connected to Jesus' love.
We hope you'll enjoy this story about Gladly's adventure, and know that God is with you, too, even when scary times come.
We've had requests for the prayer from Sunday DisciplesNet worship #115, addressing the violence against children in China and the USA the previous Friday, December 14, 2012. This is the prayer which we hope will bring peace to you.
Background music, "O Come Little Children" is played by Pam Barksdale, and special photo is by Michelle Soruco, taken at the Southport Equestrian Center in Indianapolis.