I trust you are doing well and looking forward to the Lord's Day.
It was December of 1914 when Thomas Edison's great laboratories in West Orange, New Jersey, were almost entirely destroyed by fire. In one night Edison lost 2 million dollars worth of equipment and the record of much of his life-work.
Edison's son Charles ran frantically about trying to find his father and finally came upon him standing near the fire, his face ruddy in the glow, and his white hair blown by the winter winds.
"My heart ached for him," Charles Edison said. "He was no longer young, and everything was being destroyed. Then he spotted me. And he said to me, 'Where is your mother? Find her. Bring her here. She will never see anything like this again as long as she lives!' "
The next morning, walking about the charred embers of so many of his hopes and dreams, the sixty-seven-year-old Edison mused, "There is great value in disaster. All our mistakes are burned up. Thank God! We can start all over again."
That is a good reminder to us all. Our set-backs are part of God's overall plan for our lives. What is most encouraging is that God allows us to start over again.