I do praise you, Father, for you alone are God. I know that through good times and bad, my praise comes to you by the power of the Holy Spirit who lives in me and intercedes for me. Thank you for saving me and sharing your grace with me.
Dear Father, please make your presence undeniably known in my life and help me see your presence and mercy clearly. I want to honor you dear God, please make your guidance clear so that I can follow you boldly and faithfully in your will.
Father in the quietness of this moment, I consciously relax myself in your presence and place the concerns and cares of my heart before you. I confidently place my soul, my future, and my hope in your hands.
Please help me to know what time it is in my life and the role you want me to play at this stage in my journey. I want my life to be lived glorifying you.
I want to know You more fully and reflect Your character and grace more completely.
In God’s Hands by Lawrence Kushner and Gary Schmidt is a charming traditional Jewish folktale of obeying God that children will be sure to delight in.
Jacob, a rich man, always feel asleep during service but one day he woke up just long enough to hear one verse from Leviticus, saying he should make 12 loaves of challah and give them to God.
Believing it had been God who had spoken to him, Jacob obeys. He bakes the challah and brings it to the synagogue and places it in the ark.
David, a poor man with a family to feed who cleans the synagogue, finds the challah and believes God has answered his prayers for food.
This cycle continues on for years with Jacob believing God ate the challahs and David believing God made the challahs until one day the rabbi discovers what is happening. He calls the two men together and reveals the truth. At first, both are disheartened as their belief in God is shattered.
But the rabbi points out that even though their conception is wrong, they must go on continuing to make the bread, knowing how both of their hands are God’s hands, doing His work, for His people.
Great lesson for all about obeying the whispers from God and seeing how the outcome of obedience is God’s plan with often unpredictable and wonderful results. My kids loved this tale and couldn’t wait to read it again.