Entries by Roger Kunkel

I Need You!

One of the greatest compliments a person can give is to say, “l need you!” The words melt our hearts and impel us to want to help. We all need to feel needed. A crucial part of friendship is to be able to admit our inadequacies and say to others, “l need you!” We can […]

Give Thanks in All

Ingratitude is a serious shortcoming. I agree with Martin Luther that “unthankfulness is theft.” In his Inferno, Dante placed in the center of his hell not those guilty of fleshy sins, but morose, gloomy, ungrateful men and women. Shakespeare wrote in “As You Like It,” “Blow, blow, thou winter wind, Thou art not so unkind […]

Psalm 121

Psalm 121 is one of my favorites, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from when cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord who made heaven and earth.” In the book, The Message, Eugene Peterson translates Psalm 121 this way: “I look up to the mountains does my strength come from […]

Three Wishes

Some years ago, a ten-year old boy named Johnny was sitting alone on a park bench one afternoon. It was a beautiful spring day and Johnny was watching some other kids play baseball. An older man happened by, saw Johnny sitting there, and sat down beside him. They entered into conversation. They talked about the […]

Forgiveness Button

Friend of Dial Hope, I have a small calculator on my desk which I figure my finances and store personal data for ready reference. It’s amazing how much information can be typed into the memory factors of this mechanical brain. On the left side of the keyboard is a powerful button. It is called the […]

The Joy of Christmas

The owner of a big, shaggy dog called the local veterinarian on Christmas morning. “It’s my dog, Molly,” he said. “There is a large swelling at the corner of her mouth.” “But it’s Christmas morning,” the veterinarian replied. “Can’t it wait until tomorrow?” “Please,” said the dog owner anxiously. Please let me bring her now.” […]


Letters play a major role in our lives: love letters, letters of encouragement, critical letters, business letters, newsy Christmas letters. Letters give people a lift or a letdown. Letters may also bring a smile, even when written in all seriousness. I read the wife and daughters of the brand-new pastor sat in the same pew […]

Pick Up the Pieces

Because of the coming of Jesus Christ, Christmas is the good news that hope is real. Hope is always a faith possibility. In Hebrews 10:23 we read: “Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful.” One day, very close to Christmas, a child was […]

It’s a Hard Knock Life!

A school teacher once asked a group of children to write down on a card the one thing in the world they were most thankful for. Most of the children wrote down the usual predictable things, but one boy in the class said that he was most thankful for his glasses. “Johnny,” she said, “l […]

Your Word Is a Lamp

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” The Bible is our greatest resource for inspiration and hope. Consider these pertinent verses: “O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” – Psalm 136:1 “This is the day that the Lord has […]