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The Joy Of Remembering

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Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!


Dear Laura Valentina Sitorus,

Happy birthday from Our Daily Bread Ministries! We join you today in your celebration. May the Lord make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

One great way to celebrate our birthday is to reflect on the generous blessings of the Lord over the years. As such, we have especially selected an Our Daily Bread reading which we hope will encourage you to live a life that overflows with thanksgiving.

Daniel Wong
Director, Asia Pacific Region
Special Project

The Joy Of Remembering
Read: Psalm 103:1-14

A long-time friend described the days surrounding his 90th birthday as “a time . . . to do a little reflecting, looking in the rearview mirror of my life, and spending many hours in what I call ‘The Grace of Remembrance.’ It’s so easy to forget all the ways that the Lord has led! ‘Forget not all His benefits’” (Ps. 103:2).

First, he recalled the Lord’s temporal mercies—his good health, the enjoyment of his wife and children, the joy and success of work, his enriching friendships, and the opportunities he’d had to serve God. He considered them all gifts—none deserved, but all gratefully received.

Next, he reviewed God’s spiritual mercies—the influence of Christian parents and the experience of God’s forgiveness when he accepted Christ as a teenager. He concluded with the encouragement he’d received from churches, schools, and Christian men who cared and prayed for each other.

It’s a model we should follow on a regular basis—the joy of remembering. “Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!” (v.1). —David C. McCasland
He knoweth best! His will for me
Is better than my plans.
Do not all good and perfect gifts
Come from my Father’s hand? —Doonan

If you know that God’s hand is in everything, you can leave everything in God’s hands.

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