Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make
known among the nations what he has done. . . .
sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.
Sixteen members of my family piled into an army bus
and drove for miles on a freezing winter night, bound for the
airplane hangar where we
would await the return of
my son from Afghanistan.
New babies were waiting to
meet their daddies. Young
wives were dressed up to
greet their husbands, and excited children were running
around. Parents like me were thrilled that the Lord had given
us another chance to hug our children. Joy, peace, and praise
filled the room.
When it was announced that the plane had been sighted,
we cheered and waved flags. As the soldiers marched into
the hangar, I scanned each face, looking for my son. When
I finally saw him, I praised God for my son’s safe return. At
that moment, everything was perfect.
Many moments can bring us great joy — watching a bird
in flight, the glory of a sunrise, the birth of a child, or falling in
love. In all of them we can stop and praise God for allowing
us to feel such joy. We can resolve not to miss these moments
of joy which are God’s daily gifts to us. And our gifts in return
are gratitude, praise, and service. Today we can give thanks to
the Lord, call on God’s name, sing praises to God, and make
known among the nations all of God’s wonderful acts.
Prayer: Dear Lord, make us truly thankful for all your gifts of
big and small moments of joy. Amen.
Lisa Ward (Alabama)
Prayer Focus: MILITARY FAMILIES
Thought for the Day
Today I will praise God for
all the joys in my life.