Daniel 1:1-6, 8-20, Daniel 3:52-56, Luke 21:1-4
Daniel 1:1-6, 8-20
My Beloved, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah represent all those who are friends of God. They remain faithful no matter where they may be and no matter what the circumstances. They are people of unshakable faith and no amount of earthly allurements can tempt them from deviating from the way of the Lord.
To those who love You, honor You and worship You, those who will not bow down to strange gods and make idols of works made by human hands You will reward richly. You pour Your gifts of the Spirit upon them. By the fruit they produce all can see that they are indeed blessed by God. Both the Old and New Testament are filled with people worthy of emulation.
My Beloved, grant that songs of praise, glory and honor of God may fill my heart and spill from my lips no matter what my circumstances. In all things and in every situation may praise and thanksgiving for Your goodness and greatness fill my soul. Praise is fitting for loyal and grateful hearts. You alone O Lord are worthy of praise and worship. Let our praises unite with all creation in heaven and on earth unceasingly to You who alone are worthy of our praise.
My Beloved, nothing escapes You. Your watchful gaze is always on us and You are aware of all we do, say or think. You observed the rich who came in with their offerings for the temple treasury and You saw the poor widow as well. She dropped in two little copper coins of the least value.
Only God knows the true worth of our offerings, the motives which prompt us to give and whether or not they come from our surplus and cost us little or no difficulty or hardship. He knows whether the giving is one of true self donation like the widow who in giving all in perfect faith was confident that God would supply all her needs. She had faith that the One who cared for the lilies in the field and the sparrows in the air would not forget her.