Thursday, July 30, 2009

Daily Digest #324

He has put eternity in their hearts. —Ecclesiastes 3:11

Ecclesiastes 3:9-17

9 What does the worker gain from his toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on men. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. 13 That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere him. 15 Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account. [a] 16 And I saw something else under the sun: In the place of judgment—wickedness was there, in the place of justice—wickedness was there. 17 I thought in my heart, "God will bring to judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time for every deed."

I also received an inspiring email earlier with a quote and a prayer. Read below:

"Positive pictures come out from negatives developed in a darkroom. So if you find yourself lonely and in the dark, understand that -- Life is working on a beautiful picture for you."

We know, Lord, that throughout our lives
each of us will experience problems and difficulties.
Give us courage and strength at those times
and prevent us then from looking only at ourselves.
Keep our vision wide so that, even in times of difficulty,
we may still be of help to others.
Help us not to be bitter towards people or situations,
but empower us to take the initiative
and break the cycle of hatred, bitterness, and evil actions.
Help us to transform the difficulties that come our way
into opportunities for personal growth and service of others.

Labels: ,