01 December 2010

Ponderings & Meditations

"He will fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy." ~Job 8:21

This verse was sent to me by a good friend. And it reminded me to laugh more and show more of my inner joy. The Czech Republic can be a very dark place. Over 70% of its population are Atheists. In many ways the older generations still have Communist tendencies. Laughter is rarely heard, unless it's from a group of drunk teenagers late at night on the trams. And joy, I think, is a foreign concept. How can they know joy if they do not believe in the source of all joy? Especially with winter fast approaching, I think it will be important to keep this verse in my near thoughts.


"There is a legend which tells of two angels who come from Heaven every morning and go on their rounds all the day long. One is the Angel of Requests. The other is the Angel of Thanksgiving. Each carries a basket. The one belonging to the Angel of Requests is soon filled to overflowing, for everyone pours into it great handfuls of requests; but when the day is ended, the Angel of Thanksgiving has in his basket only two or three small contributions of gratitude." ~Mrs. Charles E. Cowman from Streams in the Desert

I read this today in the wonderful daily devotion of Streams in the Desert and felt convicted. How often do I pray for numerous things that I want, but never give thanks for what I already have? This Thanksgiving I was away from family, but I was granted a wonderful group of people to share the holiday with. I may not get to see the sun everyday, but I get to sleep in a cozy, warm apartment and watch the snow fall outside. I may not speak Czech and always understand what's going on around me; but I do speak the lingua franca of the world, which is a hot commodity in Prague. God has always provided for my needs, my mouth should always be filled with more thanksgiving than requests.

What are you thankful for?


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