For all children who don't have a bed to sleep in and don't get as much food and help and care as we. For all children who don't have their own quiet corner or toys to play with, who must go away from their home, from father and mother -I'm praying: God protect them! Send someone to their rescue and let them get a home.
Prayer chapels in hospitals. Sage. Remembering the place to turn. A child asleep on the father's shoulders. Paid service. Journalists. Dry dock. Turned-down pages in a well-worn book. Finding no dust balls under the bed. Clean toilets. Garage door openers. Enough hot water left for your morning shower. Juniors who become seniors. Enough light to write. Puzzle solvers. Children eager to start school. The restoration of dignity. Mockery silenced. Things you need being within reach. Light switches.
(Excerpts taken from 10,000 Things to Praise God for by Jan Dargatz)
Freedom from self-preoccupation. The news of a church that is growing. The healing of shame. Having the answer to a question. The squeezably soft. Fishers willing to cast their nets a second time. Those who don't hang up on you. God's provision to women in childbirth. Fellow followers in the way of Sierra Leone. Those who stay awake while on duty. God's timing. Speed and accuracy. God's methods. Brothers who don't compete. The end of the famine. The end of the drought. Hand bells. The person who will hear your confession and keep it in confidence. A head start.
Romantic comedies with good moral values. God's ever-constant call to holiness. The ability to forget the unimportant. Heat flowing from healing hands. New insights into old rituals. Resting places. Unobtrustive table servers. Cool mists on hot skin. Decompression chambers. Neck supports. Flannel shirts. Spiritual breakthroughs. Stone removers. Those who choose the higher road. New expressions of prayer. Compatible companion. Spare fuses. Jumper cables. Research reports accepted for journal publication. Enough friends to play volleyball with.
Sharing romantic secrets with your spouse. Roads that rise up to greet you. The closing of the deal. Waterfalls glistening in the sun. Courteous truckers. Deliverance from cocaine addiction. Sunken treasure chests brought to the surface. Longevity. Bible colleges. Foods that are good for you and taste good too! Bonuses. Places where you don't need to take a number. Overnight delivery service. Uncut rain forests. The word that brings comfort. Rapid transit systems that are. The grace to yield. Hearty handshakes. Fellow christian followers in Morrocco. Extra large t-shirts.
Butchers who cut your meat just the way you like it. Sufficient firewood for the winter. Hesitation that doesn't result in a loss. Naked toddlers playing in a sprinkler. Those who do not belittle what they cannot achieve. Misty morning in the English countryside. Acres of bean plants six inches high. A personal haven of rest. Someone to show you the ropes. God's current count of the number of hairs on your head. Congregational singing accompanied by hand clapping. Those who send compliments to the chef. Fellow followers of the way in the Falkland Islands.