TODAY IS… a fine day to pray for satisfaction. By Tony Casson

Time for another excerpt from the book, “Today Is….A Gift From God.”


December 23


a fine day to pray for satisfaction.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”  Matthew 5:6 NASB

Today we are going to pray again, only this time, our prayer will be for our satisfaction. No? Too self-centered? Too selfish? Christ said that if we hunger and thirst for righteousness, we “shall be satisfied.” So if we take the gift of today and pray for God to “Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” (Psalm 82:3-4 NIV), are we not exhibiting a hunger and thirst for righteousness? And are we not blessed by God for this and satisfied?

Prayer for other people who need it desperately will provide us with the satisfaction that we are reaching out to millions of people we will probably never meet and are making a difference in their lives. Prayer to God is a powerful tool in the fight against injustice and there is little that is more unjust than starving children, orphans and others who live their lives in a simple daily quest of survival.

At this time of year, many people open up their purse strings in a generous spirit to give friends and family wonderful gifts that express their love. But there are so many millions who have nothing to give, and who need so much for themselves. “Lord, You know the hopes of the helpless. Surely You will hear their cries and comfort them.” (Psalm 10:17 NLT). But millions of people around the world do not know to cry out to God for help. It then becomes our responsibility to cry out for them.

While it is perfectly acceptable to smile, be happy, enjoy friends and family, and exchange gifts at this time of year, it is also a very important time to pray to God to give us satisfaction by calling upon Him to strike down those who would prey upon the poor and oppressed of the world. “Arise, O Lord; O God, lift up Your hand. Do not forget the afflicted.” (Psalm 10:12 NASB). So many think that they can walk unnoticed upon the backs of the weak, “But You see the trouble and grief they cause. You take note of it and punish them. The helpless put their trust in You. You defend the orphans.” (Psalm 10:14 NLT).

God understands that perhaps our finances are limited, so there is not much we can do although we do all that we can. But the power of prayer cannot ever be emphasized enough, so if we pray several times throughout the day for justice for the poor and the oppressed, we are doing something positive, something that will help, and something that will bring us satisfaction.


“THE POET IN PRISON” by Tony Casson

I recently met a young man named James Dustin Smith. He prefers to be called “Dustin”. I discovered that he has a close relationship with God that he relies on to help him get through his own personal situation, and I also had the pleasure of reading a book of poems that he penned. His sister compiled them into that beautiful little book as a birthday present for her brother. It is attractively done and full of….well….it is full of a young man’s innermost thoughts about himself, life, people he loves, and God. As you read the collection, there is a verse from the Holy Bible on each left-hand page, with one of Dustin’s poems on the opposing page. It is a thoughtful compilation, and I enjoyed the things that Dustin shared in it.

The book can be purchased at for a modest price if anyone is interested. Dustin proudly said that it has sold over 500 copies already. He said that to purchase the book, one need only go to that website and search the title, “Rebuilding My Vessel” A Collection of Poems Written By James Dustin Smith Compiled By Kayla Smith Wernet.

Dustin was kind enough to give me permission to include a selection from his book in these Chronicles, so I am offering you the poem which the book itself is named after. I give you:

“REBUILDING MY VESSEL” by James Dustin Smith

Oh, how I sank into my ocean
As I cry out Lord, this is my devotion
Blinded as can be
I once sailed through these waters with my eyes only on me
I used to think I could guide my ship and never sink
But, your mighty waters are so rough
And with every blow to my ship
I taste the water I must sip
Yes, Lord, as I sail through the sea
Your mighty waters pour onto me
Nothing can phase me with you as my captain
I rise up on these waters and this is where my new life happens

I hope you will all give the book a second glance at

God bless you all.