Praise God for Promised Eternity

Karen Hoffman

READ : 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Revelation 21:1-8   After spending a month praising God for His blessings, let’s think about heaven. God loves us so much He wants to spend eternity with us. None of us knows when Christ will return or if we must first pass through death; but if we are trusting Jesus for salvation, we will spend eternity with the Lord. What do you think about when you think of heaven? I’m not good at imagining golden …

Praise God for Present Security

Karen Hoffman

READ : Psalm 91:1-16, Romans 8:38-39   If I’d arrived at that intersection two seconds earlier, I’d have been killed! If that baseball had hit an inch to the right, it would have hit his eye! How many times have we heard similar statements? Sometimes we then hear, “That sure was luck.” Hopefully, though, if Christians are speaking, they will acknowledge it was not luck, but the providence of God. The Psalm we read lists many promises that God will …

Praise God for Color

Karen Hoffman

READ : Revelation 21:9-21   Some time ago, I completed a difficult twelve-hour shift as a nurse on the cancer unit. I walked to my car and saw a layer of frost on my windshield. Anxious to get home, I turned on my wipers and hit the spray button, instead of scraping my windshield. As I passed under the first streetlight, the frost reformed and, like a prism, separated the light into a beautiful spectrum of color. My fatigue left …

Praise God for Creativity

Karen Hoffman

READ : Psalm 90:1-17   “Establish Thou the work of our hands” (v. 17). To paraphrase those words, “Let what I do endure and have significance.” This is the end of a prayer of Moses, the first part of which praises the power of God and admits our human weakness. I’d like to direct this meditation particularly to mothers and children, but it speaks to all. Let’s assume that what we do has significance. We make that assumption based on …

Praise God for Work

Karen Hoffman

READ : Ecclesiastes 5:8-18, Ecclesiastes 12:13-14   We praised God for play yesterday. Let’s praise Him for work today. These words of Solomon are honest about the conditions in the workplace. He talks about inequality, which I’m sure many of you encounter. He hints at the fact that the more high-status and profitable your job is, the less likely you are to get a good night’s sleep. One may hoard wealth or lose it by an unprofitable investment. Then, as …

Praise God for Play

Karen Hoffman

READ : Zechariah 8:1-13   Did you get a glimpse of the word picture Zechariah gives us in verses 4 and 5? Look again and you’ll see old men and women walking with their canes or sitting beside the streets of Jerusalem sharing memories. See the children in the streets-laughing, playing catch or tag or marbles. God is promising through Zechariah to bless Jerusalem again as the exiles return from Babylon and rebuild the city of God. One of God’s …