Friday, November 20, 2015
God created everything: heavens and earth, man and beast, sky and sea, trees and plants, mountains and valleys, stars and planets, colors and shades, the beauty of sunrise and the glory of sunset, heat and cold, summer and winter, rain and wind. All are his handiwork!
Muslims acknowledge that. Yet, they seem to view the Creator as disengaged from his creation. They think of God almost like an absentee landlord. The notion that the great Creator would come to earth as Immanuel to dwell among humans is foreign to Islam. They cannot imagine that he would involve himself in their everyday affairs.
Blessed are you, God Most High, Creator of all. You fill the earth with stunning bounty. You adorn the universe with glorious beauty. You alone are Lord and Master of all that is. The entire universe owes its existence to you.
The chirp of sparrows and roar of lions, the stillness of waters and tumult of waves, the glimmering of stars and clapping of thunders…all join me in proclaiming that you are the Master Creator of all (Psalm 19). Glory and honor, power and majesty, kingship and rule, all belong to you, Lord God. We bow down and worship you. The multitudes of heaven worship you (Nehemiah 9:5-6).
Pour out your grace on Muslims, so that they too will join us in giving glory to Christ, the Son of God, the King of kings. Help them see him in his love and accept his sacrifice on the cross for our forgiveness. May they feel restless until they yield their lives to Jesus. “You made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it finds its place of rest in you.” 
May millions of Muslims sense your arms around them and be touched by your compassion and grace. May they praise the precious name of Jesus. Amen.
Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them—the LORD, who remains faithful forever (Psalm 146:5-6, NIV).
 St. Augustine, Confessions. Book 1, Chapter 1, God’s Greatness.