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Issue #013, April 26, 2007

Welcome to the April issue of Inspire-O-Gram, the ezine that helps you thrive in the single life.

The April issue of Inspire-O-Gram addresses the tragic deaths of students and faculty at Virginia Tech University, in the United States. They were killed last week by a very disturbed student, many of them in their classrooms.

Our first article deals with the question everyone has been asking, believers and nonbelievers alike: Why did God allow this?

Tragedy is the topic of our second article. Whether it's the too-soon end of innocent lives, an armed services member killed or wounded in war, cancer or divorce, tragedy touches all our lives at some time. Here are some thoughts on dealing with tragedy...

This month's poem tells what to do when life seems too much to bear:

Only God

When pain is your companion
paying visits every night,
There is just one way to bear it.
Only God can make it right.

And when love is too soon over
ending hopes so strong and bright,
When it hurts to face tomorrow
Only God can make it right.

Only God knows what you're going through,
only He knows what you've lost,
for He felt the same way you do now
when His son died on the cross.

So lay your heartache at his feet
and the sadness that's within
then God will give the strength you need
to live your life again.

Quote time...

April's quote comes from Lenn Learner Latham from his 1961 book, Let God In:

"Christ, our Savior, can be reached through prayer at any time and in any place. The only price we have to pay for His help is the surrender of our foolish pride."
Rev. Lenn L. Latham

Rut Disruptor

This month's Rut Disruptor question is a simple one:

Do the people I love know how much I love them?

It's hard for some of us to express our feelings. You may be embarrassed, you may stumble over your words. Trust me, the person you tell won't care. All they'll remember is that you told them and that their life has a new fullness because of your simple act.

Another sneak preview...

I'm well into the first draft of a major ebook I'll be offering on later in the year.

One of my goals for the site is to tell you about the mistakes, fumbles and heartaches I've had, so you can learn from them and, I hope, avoid them. No life is pain-free, but my new ebook will be better than a trainload of aspirin--and a lot cheaper too. Stayed tuned!

Oh, if you haven't seen the new yellow box on the home page of, I'm asking for your help to increase traffic to the site.

Unfortunately, due to changes at the search engines, we suffered a big loss in traffic in April, after posting our best month ever in March.

If you tell just one friend about i-f-s, it will really help me reach my traffic goal for 2007. Thanks!

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I'd like to leave you with two optimistic truths as we close this issue:

God is good, and heaven is real!

Jack Zavada
401 Indiana Ave
Streator, IL 61364 USA