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Friday, November 13, 2015

Pray for Families (Awe and Wonder!)

Greetings Pray Warriors,

God also said: See, I give you every seed-bearing plant on all the earth and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit on it to be your food; and to all the wild animals, all the birds of the air, and all the living creatures that crawl on the earth, I give all the green plants for food. And so it happened. God looked at everything he had made, and found it very good. Genesis 1:29-31

What do you remember of childhood?  Did you chase butterflies, marvel at anthills, and dig for worms?  Perhaps you climbed trees, feeling you had the best view ever, and what a bonus if it was a fruit tree!  Free food!  Remember the adventure, the wonder, and the joy you felt?  Dandelions and wildflower bouquets were beautiful and free!  Did you love the night sky?  Stargazing, picking out constellations and scanning for shooting stars was wonderful entertainment and even cooler if you had binoculars!  Did you live near the ocean and love the crashing waves?  Or did you live near a creek, stream, waterfall, lake, or river and marvel at the beauty or life found within?
As children we instinctively knew there was something greater present, although we may not have been able to name it. What about today?  When you see the beauty and marvel of creation, are you mindful of the Creator?

Now if out of joy in their beauty they thought them gods, let them know how far more excellent is the Lord than these; for the original source of beauty fashioned them. Or if they were struck by their might and energy, let them realize from these things how much more powerful is the one who made them. For from the greatness and the beauty of created things their original author, by analogy, is seen. Wisdom 13:3-5

Lord, give us back our childhood eyes that we may see you in everything.  Let us love not just the magnificence of your creation but help us discern in them, the Creator.  As we ponder nature, weather, the moon, and the sun, may our hearts perceive the depth of your love, realizing that you created it all for us!  Help us to protect and sustain all of creation so that future generations may also sense you in everything.   May we help our family members to appreciate the gifts of your love in all that we see and experience.  May we continually pause, if even for a second, to express our gratitude to you, our Creator.  We thank you, Heavenly Father, from whom all good things come. 

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Help a family member discern the Creator in the created and thus come to know Him more intimately. Say a prayer for them and pass it on!