A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by grief of mind the spirit is cast down.  – Prov 15:13

Reflection. A grain of sand finds its way inside the shell of an oyster.  The intruder, though microscopic, is a source of irritation and pain to the soft body of the oyster.  Unable to rid itself of the unwelcome pebble, the oyster seeks to reduce the irritation by coating it with layers of soft, iridescent mother-of-pearl material from its own shell.  Over time, the oyster transforms a painful irritation into a beautiful pearl of great value.

Prayer. Dear Lord, please help me to make spiritual pearls of joy out of the grains of sorrow in my life.