Hey guys! I just finished reading the Book of Tobit and I wanted to encourage anyone who needs inspiration or hasn't read it yet to do so. It describes a good man who followed God's commandments and did numerous selfless acts of charity. However he lives in an oppressive, intolerant society and becomes blind. This makes him unable to provide for his family and puts stress on his marriage. He finally becomes so miserable and hopeless with his life that he contemplates suicide and prays for God to let him die. God instead sends an angel to help him and his family. The book encourages us to give to the poor and the needy, and to take strength in doing what's right even in times when you have little.
There's also a really beautiful prayer at the end that foreshadows the birth of Christ and the new covenant:
"A bright light will shine to the all the ends of the earth.
Many nations will come to you from far away,
And inhabitants of the remotest parts of the earth
to your holy name,
Bearing in their hands gifts for the King of heaven.
Generation after generation will offer joyful worship in you;
your name will be great forever and ever." (Tob 13:11)
And Tobit then describes a new Jerusalem built of gold and precious stones singing the praises of God (Tob 13:16-17) like the one described in Revelation 21.
It really is sad that so many of our Protestant brothers and sisters don't have this book in their Bibles. A sad part of Luther's legacy.
(Sorry if you guys already knew all this, I just felt like sharing right after I read it