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1170th -- Sunrise In A Cemetery


I am a firm believer in enjoying each new day to its fullest. No matter 
what I may be going through on any particular day, I choose to see the 
good, I choose to stay in peace and I choose to give thanks and praise to 
the Lord for every gift and blessing that He has so graciously bestowed 
upon my life. It is in how we see our life and in how we treat a 
difficult situation that will dictate the level of peace that we will have 
in our hearts. Knowing that God is faithful to His Word, we should live 
our life in that same confidence that nothing can come our way without God 
already knowing about it and making provision for it. The Bible declares 
in Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he 
who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of 
those who diligently seek Him.”

Be encouraged to hold on to your peace no matter how hard it is trying to 
be stolen from you. Choose to look at the good. Give thanks to the Lord 
for your abundance. Think on those who are less fortunate than you and 
give praise and thanks to the Lord that the burden you carry is so small 
by comparison. When we have an attitude of praise, everything will look 
sunny. We won't look at the rain pouring down, but we will wait for the 
sun to come soon after that will wipe all the rain away. A simple quote 
says “It is always darkest before the dawn.” We should remember this truth
the next time we face a difficult situation. Let us remind ourselves that 
good days are coming again. Let us choose to look at the beauty of God's 
creation and remember that if God takes care of all of these, then He will 
surely take care of our small problem just the same.
(Psalm 69:30-34) (Psalm 145:14-19)

I encourage you again to count your blessings and not your problems. Look 
at the good that surrounds you. Choose to bless God for His favor over 
your life. Confess with your mouth that your hope and trust is in the 
Lord because I can testify that He is good even when troubles abound and 
miseries seem to have no end. God is still good; His mercy and grace is 
there to envelop us and whisper in our ears All Is Well My Child. 
(Philippians 2:14) (Psalm 34:1)

I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to stay in peace no 
matter what may come your way.


One of the best things about Wintertime is that you can sleep in and still 
be up in time to watch the sunrise. That is just what I did this morning. 
I stood outside in the cold, quiet, and peaceful air and watched the beauty
of God’s creation appear over the mountaintops. It was such a glorious 
sight. I stood there and saw the red clouds change to pink then purple and 
then yellow. I looked down on the snowy ground and watched it sparkle 
with joy in the morning sun. I breathed in deep and smiled. I could feel 
the love of God all around me and even though it was way below freezing I 
still felt warm inside. 

The writer Robert Fulghum once quoted a great piece of advice given to a 
friend of his. It was to “Spend one hour some Sunday watching the sunrise 
while walking in a cemetery.” Since I have a cemetery next to my backyard 
I decided to follow this advice myself today. Watching the sunshine 
glistening off the gravestones quickly put everything in perspective for 
me. I realized that like my quiet neighbors one day my body was going to 
be in the ground somewhere and that this beautiful world was going to keep 
going right on without me. I saw too that if I was going to live then I 
needed to live now and that if I was going to love then I needed to love today. 

God only gives us so many days here on Earth. It is up to us to make them 
count. Don’t wait until you are six feet underground to watch the sun come 
up. Get out there and watch the sunrise today. Don’t wait until you are on 
your deathbed to tell people how much you love them. Tell them today. 
Don’t wait until you can no longer lift your arms to hug someone. Hug them 
today. Don’t wait in a box until six people carry you out in a box. Break 
out of your box today. Don’t keep waiting for the world to change until 
you are no longer a part of it. Change your world today. Choose love, share
joy, and help God to make this world a better place today and forever. 

By Joseph J. Mazzella

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, 
that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, 
which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but 
be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is 
that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Psalm 103:10-12 “He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us 
according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so 
great is His mercy toward them that fear Him. As far as the east is from 
the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us.”

1 Timothy 6:6-8 “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we 
brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing 
out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.”

Psalm 16:8-11 “I have set the LORD always before me: because He is at my 
right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory 
rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For Thou wilt not leave my 
soul in hell; neither wilt Thou suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption. 
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in Thy presence is fulness of Joy; at 
Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”

Proverbs 17:22 “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken 
spirit drieth the bones.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today’s Selected Poem: THE CHOICES WE MAKE
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem139.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: TAKING A GOOD LOOK
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony189.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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