Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:7.
Let all who are afflicted or unjustly used, cry to God. Turn away from those whose hearts are as steel, and make your requests known to your Maker. Never is one repulsed who comes to Him with a contrite heart. Not one sincere prayer is lost. Amid the anthems of the celestial choir, God hears the cries of the weakest human being. We pour out our heart’s desire in our closets, we breathe a prayer as we walk by the way, and our words reach the throne of the Monarch of the universe. They may be inaudible to any human ear, but they can not die away into silence, nor can they be lost through the activities of business that are going on. Nothing can drown the soul’s desire. It rises above the din of the street, above the confusion of the multitude, to the heavenly courts. It is God to whom we are speaking, and our prayer is heard.—Christ’s Object Lessons, 174.
We should not darken our own path or the path of others with the shadow of our trials. We have a Saviour to whom to go, into whose pitying ear we may pour every complaint. We may leave all our cares and burdens with Him, and then our labor will not seem hard or our trials severe…. By the exercise of living faith you can separate from everything that is not in accordance with the mind of God, and thus bring heaven into your life here below. Doing this, you will have sunshine at every step. When the enemy seeks to enshroud the soul with darkness, sing faith and talk faith, and you will find that you have sung and talked yourself into the light.—Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, 233.
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—-Please pray for my sister Enette. She’s been put on a ventilator she can’t breathe. Please pray that God will have mercy and spare her life. Rosemary
—-I would like to ask for prayer warriors to please pray for my daughter, she was diagnosed with MS at the age of 19 almost 10 years ago, she is having a lot of nerve pain to where she can’t walk or drive. I know Jesus is the great healer. Joy
—-Pease pray for my oldest son. He is a nurse and he has been trying so hard to buy a place out in the country to try and get out of the city and get ready for what is here upon us. And he has found quite a few places that he could have gotten but his wife . . .will not agree to any house that he has found because she wants to stay in the city where she loves it. Please pray for him. Please pray that she will agree and that they will find another good place to buy and he will be able to get it. They are going to look at another house and property today. She makes his life so hard. Please pray for them. Connie
—-please pray for my Uncle Mitty. He is going through stage 5 of Covid19 and have difficulty in breathing. Please Please, pray for his recovery. Samantha
Like all children, I would sometimes tire of playing by myself. When I would feel restless, my grandmother would sometimes get out her large photo album for me to enjoy. I’d sit it upon my lap and carefully look at each picture and try to reconstruct the story behind it. There were some very old tintypes, some photos of people I had never met, others that were of people who were very dear to me. I loved the times my grandmother would look at the album with me, because then she would tell me a little about the relatives who were pictured there. One of the photos that fascinated me was of a very old couple named Aunt Ida and Uncle Ben who lived in the western part of the United States. I had never met them, as they were too old to travel the long way to Michigan. Aunt Ida was my grandmother’s aunt and she had been named after her.
One day, when I was in my teens, I received a tiny box with an unfamiliar postmark in the mail. When I opened the box, I found a plastic gardenia brooch that glowed in the dark. Removing it from the box, and unfolding the note underneath, I learned that Aunt Ida had loved that pin and wore it often. She recently had died and in her will, she had left me this pin that had been so precious to her. There was also a recent photograph for me to remember her.
I was shocked! I had no idea that Aunt Ida or Uncle Ben even knew that I existed. Although I never wore that gaudy pin, I kept it for many years. (Sadly, it was burned up along with everything else in the house fire we had when Ronnie Jay was a baby.) It was precious to me because this lady, whom I had never met, had thought enough of me to want me to have something that she had valued so much. Occasionally, I would take it out of that tiny box, unwrap it, and feel special. Unfortunately,
We have Someone Who has given us something far more precious than that glow-in-the-dark brooch. Our Great Redeemer has given us His Holy Word which tells of HIs Great Love and Sacrifice. Yet, how often we take this Precious Gift for granted and rarely open His Great Message to us. We keep it as a possession like any other book without allowing its Author to take possession of us. Our Dear Saviour pleads, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” John 5:39
Indeed, from Genesis to Revelation, God’s Holy Word reveals the Great Plan of Salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. Indeed, on the road to Emmaus, He began “at Moses and all the prophets, [and] expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” Luke 24:27 Since Jesus is Great Theme of the Bible, shouldn’t we study that Word which reveals to us “the Way, the Truth, and the Life”? John 14:6
The stories of the Patriarchs to the prophecies of Revelation are better than a family album, for they “are able to make [us] wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Tim 3:15 “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come” 1 Cor 10:11 “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” Rom 15:4 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Tim 3:16, 17
May we “study to show [ourselves] approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Tim 2:15 May we hide His Word in our heart that we might not sin against God. 119:11 May we see Jesus in every page of Scripture and be filled to overflowing with love for the One Who loves us so.