Saturday, June 02, 2007

Another page from the summer devotional

Here's another page from this year's summer devotional -- written for kids, but I know some of you are enjoying reading these from time to time. One of the weekly sections is called "In the Dome Car". This page is from that section. It's the devotional for May 19.

"Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord." (Psalm 107:43)

Today we are going to begin learning about a special type of railroad car called a dome car. This type of car has seats and often has tables as well. But the most interesting thing about a dome car is its windows. There may be a special dome-shaped section on the top of the car that is made all of glass. The passengers can sit here and they are able to see all of the scenery that the train is passing through. The Amtrak train California Zephyr has a car called the Sightseer Lounge which is much the same as a dome car. This car has huge windows that wrap around most of the ceiling. These windows make it easy to see all of the beautiful mountain scenery, and even the sky. There is so much to see in this amazing country of ours. Traveling by train in a dome car means people can see places they could never drive to in a car.

We can observe, or see, much from a dome car. Over the next few weeks we will “see” many sights from the windows of the California Zephyr. But our Bible verse today talks about observing some things, too. Psalm 107 is a psalm that tells us we must give thanks to the Lord. It gives us two reasons for thanking Him: 1) The Lord is good; and 2) His mercy endures forever. Then the psalmist goes on to give many examples of God’s goodness and mercy which He has showed to His people. Four times in the psalm, the psalmist says, “Oh that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!” In the very last verse, the psalmist tells us that if we are wise, and observe all that God has done, we will understand the lovingkindness of the Lord. How true that is! When we observe all that God does for His children, we begin to understand what a kind and loving God He is!

* Thank God for His goodness and mercy. Thank Him for the loving kindness He shows as He cares for you and your family.

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