For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. [O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!]
Battles and Babies
In 1809, Napoleon was riding his war-horse up and down Europe. That same year records the following births: president Abraham Lincoln; poet Alfred Lord Tennyson; British reformer William E. Gladstone; writer Oliver Wendell Holmes; composer Felix Mendelssohn. Minds were on the battles, not the babies. Yet today we might be justified in asking, “Which were more important?”
The day Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky, one of the villagers asked what was happening in the village, receiving the reply, “Nothing at all, nothing at all—except a new baby born at Tom Lincoln’s house. Nothing ever happens out here.”
Last weekend saw seven roses on the piano at Bethlehem representing seven new babies God gave to us that week.
Lord, use them as instruments in your hand.