December 30Trials and Pain: Moses' PrayerSo teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.--Psalm 90:12A few days after these words appear in print the old year of our Lordwill have gone to join the long procession of years and centuriesthat move on into the shadows of a past that can come no more.In the year just gone the world has been writing history, not withink only but with blood and tears; not in the quiet of the study butin violence, terror and death in city streets and along the bordersof nations; and other and milder but more significant history hasbeen written by incredible feats of power in sending man-made objectsout to circle the moon and the sun....To each one fortunate enough to live out [this year], God will havegiven 365 days broken into 8,760 hours. Of these hours, 2,920 willhave been spent in sleep, and about the same number at work. Anequal number has been given us to spend in reverent preparation forthe moment when days and years shall cease and time shall be nomore. What prayer could be more spiritually appropriate than that ofMoses, the man of God: "Teach us to number our days aright, that wemay gain a heart of wisdom" (Psalm 90:12). The Warfare of the Spirit, pp. 145-147"So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart ofwisdom. Amen"