The psalmist wrote, “When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers, the moon and the
stars, which you have set in place, what is
mankind that you are mindful of them,
One night I was sitting in my room thinking about my
problems when my father called me out to the porch. He said,
“Look at the sky; there
are so many stars. What
a beautiful night!” I had
never stopped to consider
the beauty of the night sky.
His statement made me
forget about my problems for a little while. As I looked up, I
answered, “Yes, they are beautiful.”
Sometimes we are so busy thinking about our trials that
we forget that God always gives us something good to enjoy,
even in the midst of our difficulties. It may be our loving
family, or even a beautiful flower, the fresh air, the singing of
the birds, or the beauty of the stars.
That night as I looked up to the sky and enjoyed the stars,
my problems had not yet been resolved. But I realized that
just as the stars keep shining even when I do not notice, God
blesses us in all circumstances because God’s love for us is
Prayer: Thank you, God, for the beautiful things you have
given us to enjoy even in the midst of our troubles. As Jesus
taught us, we pray: “Father, hallowed be your name, your
kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive
us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
And lead us not into temptation” (Luke 11: 2-4, niv). Amen.
Meliana Santoso (East Java, Indonesia)
Prayer Focus: FATHERS AND DAUGHTERS
— Psalm 8: 3-4 (NIV)
Thought for the Day
Today I’ll be on the lookout for
God’s unexpected blessings.