Friday, November 23, 2012

Looking Beyond The Clouds

James was having a difficult time getting his rain coat on before running to catch the bus for school. Struggling to get the buttons through the correct holes he said, “Mom, this is going to be a beautiful day!”

Puzzled, she asked, “How can you say that when it is pouring down rain outside?”

“Mom,” he said with a smile, “don’t forget the sun is just on the other side of the clouds waiting to peek out!”

Psalm 136 is a great resource and reminder for the difficult times in life when the heavens seem to disappear behind dark clouds. In it we are reminded of the greatness and wonder of God’s power and the reality of His enduring, everlasting love. Every verse, after giving a reason to give thanks, is concluded with the phrase, “His faithful love endures forever.”

There are days when one obstacle surfaces after another. Frustration overwhelms us and anger surfaces that surprise us. But God would have us to seek His peace and look at every obstacle as opportunities to call on Him for help and guidance.

There are times when tragedy strikes with no warning and we find ourselves facing life without the presence of a loved one. Grief becomes an overpowering force in our lives and it seems impossible to see beyond the moment. But God wants us to remember that He is our best source of peace and comfort and will sustain us.

Prayer: We give You thanks, Heavenly Father, for Your grace and mercy that comes to us through Your enduring love. Teach us to be thankful for everything! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 136 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. (Read more…)

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