A SONG IN THE NIGHT
Read Acts 16: 22-31
Elihu said, “Where is God my Maker,
who gives songs in the night?”
As a child, I was often frightened at the setting of the sun.
Whether we had electric power or not, when I looked through
the window at the
disappearing sun, the
darkness staring back
at me brought terrible
dreams every night.
When I grew older, I
learned to sing some of
the hymns we sang in church whenever I was afraid. Those
songs had a way of comforting me in times of darkness.
Now, more often than not, I face the fear of academic
failure and the concern over whether or not I will be able to
keep up financially with the costs of school. At such times,
God gives me a song that soothes me and brightens my day.
Songs that have been written and sung in nights of distress are
powerful indeed. Paul and Silas knew that. They ignored the
darkness of their prison and sang all the same. Their
singing — and their faith — brought salvation to their jailer.
When we surround ourselves with the songs of our faith,
God can bring songs to our hearts and minds — songs that
will comfort and sustain us in times of distress.
Prayer: Dear Lord, brighten our nights with songs that can
strengthen us and give us hope. Amen.
Ogwiji Ehi-kowochio Blessing (Oyo, Nigeria)
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE AFRAID OF THE DARK
Thought for the Day
In times of distress, I will ask
God to give me a song.