"Rejoice in the Lord always." Phil. 4:4 (rsv)

Half awake, I could hear through my open window a chorus in the treetops. I heard a cardinal's shrill call, the busy chatter of sparrows, and the sound of the robins conversing. I lay there for a while enjoying the sounds of spring. There was no particular rhythm or beat, no particular harmony. Yet all the varied tones blended into a beautiful melody.

My pleasure was interrupted by a clap of thunder -- then a sudden downpour. I pulled the covers over my head, thinking how miserable it would be to get out and go to work. But even through my covers I could hear robins, blackbirds and sparrows still chattering away. Their attitude did not seem to have been altered by the rain.

Paul said, "Rejoice in the Lord always." He did not say to rejoice only when the sun is shining and everything is going well. He did not tell us to withdraw when the clouds of trouble dump misery upon us. Instead, he told us not to be anxious. With a thankful heart, we shou ld bring our problems and requests to the Lord. Then we will know peace and contentment that will support us through each day.

Dear Lord, give us thankful and accepting hearts so that we may trust always in you. Amen.

By Madeline, Nebraska