One Amazing Journey 

by Mercy Hope

Last month was quite a journey. 
One of the highlights was walking up the steps of the Supreme Court with Norma McCorvey (aka: Jane Roe) to deliver a copy of her testimony to each of the justices, in hope that they would see the damage that has been caused as a result of Roe v. Wade. 
There were also tragedies. I grieved as I watched Kathryn Kuhlman fall in love with a married man—I felt her anguish as she wrestled with God realizing that His anointing was no longer with her because of her sin, and rejoiced as she made the gut-wrenching decision to leave the man she loved to serve the God she loved. 
Then, each evening I had a chance to sit down with Rick Warren, author of the best-selling book, The Purpose Driven Life and hear what the LORD was showing him. All this took place without ever leaving home.
It goes without saying that this amazing journey was taken through books, but it had a profound impact on my life nonetheless. We can learn a tremendous amount from the failures and triumphs of those who have gone before—even those we only read about. 
As a child, I struggled with reading. I never would have believed that I would one day be a magazine columnist. (Of course, if you ask the editor, she probably still can’t believe it.) 
When asked to read out loud in Sunday School, I would quickly be told that I could sit down. Although it was embarrassing as an eight-year-old to have three younger siblings who were all at a more accelerated reading level than I was, my hope of ever catching up seemed bleak. Dyslexia made it technically difficult, and my gregarious personality made it even more of a challenge. I was a total extrovert whose chief goal was to make my own mark on the world. My outlook on life was, “Why read about someone else’s life when I can be out there living my own?!” 
My mom practiced a lot of patience with me. She never pushed me to read. She never registered embarrassment when, after her friends would rave about my little sisters’ reading abilities they turned and said, “And what about Mercy?” and all I could do was eke out, “Um, I can’t read very well.” .....


....This article does not appear in it's entirety. It was printed in Volume 15, No. 2 of Home School Digest. To receive the complete V15#2 issue ($5.00), order from our back issue page or e-mail:



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