God Heard Marcy's Prayer

Marcy shared that she and her extended family had met in the mountains for a family reunion. One morning she awakened, praying for all the children in the family--her own plus her nieces and nephews. She wondered if her prayers had made any difference. Was God really listening?

Later that day there was an accident as the children rode up the gondola and then rode down on bicycles. Only two were injured; one boy who was lost had taken someone's cell phone with him and was able to call his mother.

The next day, as the adults reflected on how much worse the day could have been, someone said, "God was all over that mountain protecting our children." Then Marcy knew. Yes, God had heard her prayers.

One of my favorite songs to sing in private worship is "There's a Wideness in God's Mercy." Recently, I found a version that includes a verse I had not seen before:

"There's no place where earth's sorrows
Are felt more than they are in heaven;
There's no place where earth's failings
Have such kindly judgment given."

Frederick Faber ends this song with these words:
"If our love were but more simple
We should take Him at His word;
And our lives would be all sunshine
In the goodness of the Lord."

Nothing brings sunshine to our lives more than a fresh awareness that Jesus cares.

Dear Jesus, I am trusting in Your unfailing kindness. Thank you for caring for me.

"How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!" (1 John 3:1).