Theme for the Day — Blessing Through Trouble
Great souls are wrought .out through grief and difficulty. Not many among us come to the estate of character save by the way that leads through sorrow. When we suffer untoward experiences we are not to think of them as sent upon us by God in wrath. But we are to think of Him as encompassing with His gracious purpose all our troubles and disappointments, as well as our achievements and joys. If our lives are committed to His keeping He makes all things work together for our good.
Scripture — Why art thou cast down, 0 my soul, and why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God, for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. Psalm 42:11.
Life, I repeat, is the energy of Love,
Divine or human; exercised in pain,
In strife, or tribulation, and ordained,
If so approved and satisfied, to pass
Through shades and silent rest, to endless joy.
-ROBERT BROWNING. (“A Death in the Desert.”)
Prayer — Our Father, we rejoice in the assurance of Your presence and love in all our times of disappointment. It is not Your will that we should fail of any good. You do not grieve or afflict the children of men. Our sins, our mistakes and the evil of the world; bring us to many dry and barren places, pools in which there is no water. We take our way, thinking it good, and sometimes it leads us to the desert. Help us to lay our hand in Yours, and go where You will guide us. We do not ask that life may always be a pleasant road. Rather we would pray for courage to face disappointment and bear hardship. With the high courage of Christ, may we go on our way. Amen. — The Daily Alter