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May 18, 2015, 12:00 AM


Isaiah 40:31 “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

In 1988 “Beaches starring, Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey, John Heard, and “The Wind Beneath my Wings” sung by Bette, were released.

Unknown to me at that time the impact the song and movie would have on me in the upcoming years.

On August 28, 2006 Robert G Cochrane, crossed the railroad at C.R. 142 east of Indiana 15 north of New Paris, Indiana.

My “wind”; my “hero”; gone from life here on earth into the arms of Jesus.

Six years older than I, my brother Bob (is what we called Robert G Cochrane) was my mentor, the one I wanted to be like.  He was cool (an accepted term in the late 50’s and early 60’s). He was my big brother, who taught me the farm chores and let me ride in his car to school, 4-H or church events.  He kept an eye on me.

I had learned that just 6 weeks before Bob’s passing he had renewed his love for Christ. I was assured he was in Heaven.

It came to my mind as we were asked to describe how Bob had impacted our lives, that he had been, “the wind beneath my wings.” Bette Milder's song has meaning beyond its words.

Bob followed Christ, and I too had been following Christ.  But with his death and my understanding of his giving his heart, mind and soul to Jesus that I too needed to renew my life to Jesus.

I realized Jesus was the wind beneath Bob’s wings and I wanted that too. 

We can soar like eagles on the wings of Jesus; but first we must “hope in the Lord.”

I invite you today to renew your strength, renew your life to Christ. Join us on Sunday at the worship place of your choice.


05-24-2015 at 10:33 PM
Bob Etzel
Great word of Encouragement! Thank you for sharing!
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