The pharoah of Egypt had two terrible dreams. He asked all his wise men and magicians to interpret them, but they could not. Seeing his master’s dismay, pharoah’s cupbearer approaches him and tells him he knows a man who can interpret dreams. “When I was in prision,” said the cupbearer, “a man named Joseph interpreted the dream that told me I would be restored in three days to my duties for your Majesty. He was right. He also predicted the death of your baker. He may be able to interpret for you, too.”
Pharaoh sends to the prison for Joseph. Joseph was falsely accused of rape and was thrown into prision. While there he met the cupbearer and the baker, fellow prisioners. Joseph has been in prison a long time when he is summoned by pharoah. Joseph interprets the dream. Joseph is promoted to second in command in the land of Egypt. In one moment Joseph’s whole life changed. What a difference a day makes.
Christine Caine, her husband and some friends rented a land rover and went into the wilds of Western Australia. While joyriding they ran off the road and into a river. No one knew where they were and they were a long way from civilization, but, worst of all, they were unprepared. They had no provisions, no communication devices and no one knew where they were. Christine describes how she felt after days of walking without food. She said she came to the conclusion she was going to die and she sat down to do so. She felt so hopeless…there was no way out. When she first heard the whirr of the helicopter she thought she was hallucinating, but once safely inside the copter and on her way home, she knew she would make it. From certain death to life…what a difference a day makes.
And Corrie, Corrie ten Boom, who was in the death camps for hiding Jews in Nazi Germany. One day she is in the Ravensbruk, the next she is free.
What a difference a day makes. With the Multitudes on Monday, I am thankful for each one.
#1246 I am thankful for today. I love how God planned things to cycle: day into night, night into day-over and over. I like the steadiness of it. The confidence it gives.
#1247 I am thankful I had no plans for today so that I could rest. The day filled quickly with tasks, but I was able to do them because I had planned to rest.
#1248 I am thankful the air was cool today. When I walked my pup, he was skipping and carefree–no panting.
#1249 I am thankful my sister has a good friend to be with her through a hard time, and that my brother-in-law has finally consented to allow Hospice nurses to come help my sister with his care.
#1250 I am thankful that I have been entrusted to pray for many today…lots of requests came in many forms. It is a privilege to take so many to the throne of grace.
#1251 I am thankful for this ‘counting of fish’. The habit of counting my blessings kept me from crying today when I was interrupted from my rest for what seemed like the hundredth time.
#1252 I am thankful that Kira wants to be baptized by her Pop Pop this Sunday. I found a beautiful cross and put a dove charm on with it for her remembrance of the day.
#1253 I am thankful to be associated with many women who work to make breastfeeding the cultural norm in America. Aug 1 -7 is Worldwide Breastfeeding Week and I am proud to be a learned and vocal member of the academy for this very foundational health practice. A word about breastfeeding is the Parish Nurse Spot on the back of our church bulletin this Sunday and the local newspaper carried an article written by one of the members of our local breastfeeding coalition about the benefits of breastfeeding to mother and baby.
#1254 I am thankful I found a new family doctor since our old new doctor retired. Please pray this change will bring some fresh ideas to help my husband cope with his debilitating chronic diseases.
#1255 I am thankful that Sebastian, my very old dog, cuddled in my arms today as my husband groomed him. It helped him, blind and deaf, to endure the clippers.
#1256 I am thankful I am sleepy. Some nights I am very tired and cannot fall asleep.
Good night, All! God is with us: in Germany, in America, in Thailand, in Canada, in Belize, in Crete, in wherever you live.