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Nighttime Encouragements (31 of 33)
I have always enjoyed the nighttime. There's just something about it I love. I like the daytime, too, of course. I like the beautiful sunshine and the flowers and the trees and the birds and the bees and the leaves and all of the sights and the sounds of the daytime. But there's always been a little something special to me about the nighttime. Maybe a little coolness hits the air. Nighttime seems to be a little more calm and a little more collected. At the nighttime there are certain sights and sounds that you do not get in the light of day. So I have always kind of enjoyed the nighttime.
Nighttime can, many times, be a decision time. Many great decisions are made at the nighttime. Probably you have made some decisions already this week and you did it in the nighttime hours.
One of the reasons I like the Sunday night service so very much is because, as a nine-year-old boy, sitting on the second row at a nighttime service, I made the greatest decision I ever made in my life. That was to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Savior.
So, the nighttime is a time when decisions are made. Sometimes the nighttime is a difficult time. Sometimes we wrestle with things in the nighttime and it's not easy.
I remember a few years ago I visited a little one-room shack of a lady who was dying. She was suffering terribly. She said, ''Preacher, pray for me that the night will be over soon and it will be daylight.'' Of course, the night was over and she woke up into the daylight of God's beautiful heaven.
Maybe the load of grief you've been going through for a period of time now seems to get heavier during the nighttime hours. Maybe the feeling of loneliness overwhelms people more at night than at any other time of the day. So the nighttime can be a difficult time.
Of course, you also know that the nighttime can be a delightful time because many times through the difficulties an ...
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