Published Nov. 20, 2012
Rev. David Heil, Paul's father, pastored churches for more than 50 years. For more than a decade during those years, he prepared and recorded a daily "minute meditation" on local radio stations. Now in his 90s, we were delighted when he gave us several notebooks of his original meditation scripts and I wanted to share another one with you about a thankful heart.
"God of Love"
One night a storm virtually wiped out everything a farmer possessed. The next morning he made his rounds, viewed his wasted crops and counted his losses. He then returned to his house and sat down beside a table. Opening the Bible, he raised his hand in his customary attitude of thanksgiving. For one tense moment he waited. Then the family heard his voice, firm and resonant, saying, "Father, we thank Thee that Thou hast seen fit to spare our lives in this disaster."
One reason we can praise the Lord even when disaster hits us is our belief that He is the God of love. In the operation of nature's laws, the disasters that sometimes come are not purposely designed to cause us loss and grief. As ruler of the universe, God has a master plan that cannot fail. He is watchful over us in all the events that affect us. Therefore, as the Apostle Paul suggests, "In every thing give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." - I Thess. 5:18
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