Devotional Thoughts Based on the Glory to God Hymnal
The rich and the poor have this in common: the Lord is the maker of them all.
Quite a few years ago, my parents and I took a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park. Before we arrived there, we made one stop in Denver. I had wanted to see the Molly Brown House. I had enjoyed the Metro Goldwyn Mayer film of The Unsinkable Molly Brown, starring Debbie Reynolds and Harve Presnell. We found the house and while it was a showplace in its time, it was not the grand house setting in the film.
Molly Tobin Brown did move from rags to riches after marrying her husband, who prospected silver mines. The film exaggerated her early poverty as well as her later great wealth. Molly’s life illustrated that God is the maker of the rich and the poor. God has made us and has provided for all our needs.
In the first verse of our hymn,
Come, Ye Thankful People, Come; we sing: God, our Maker, doth provide, for our wants to be supplied. Come to God’s own temple come; raise the song of harvest home.”
O God, Maker of us all. Some have been born into families of dire poverty while others’ families had great wealth. Some have escaped poverty by using their skills and hard work to produce great income. Others have squandered their wealth and for the first time in their lives have known destitution. We thank You for making us and for equipping us to make a living and to lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven that will ever be ours. In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen.