This morning I went to the church I used to work for. The Pastor told this story: (my words) A little girl was saying her prayers. God bless mommy and daddy, keep them safe. God bless me and keep me safe and God bless God because if God gets messed up we are all in trouble.”
How often do we spend time thanking God. Our prayers are frequently a want list. We may pray for others and for good things but we don’t take the time to thank him. He is the author of all good things. We could at least spend some time thanking him for our lives, for the earth, for everything. Do it!
Loving God, you have given us so much. Help us to remember to thank you each and every day. AMEN
Human misery is too great for men to do without faith.————–Heinrich Heine
I have often wondered what people do who have no faith to support them. What do they turn to for help with terrible things happen? I cannot imagine life without God as my support..can you?
Gracious God, thank you for all the love and care you have given us. Let us remember each day to thank you. AMEN
Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.–——Christopher Reeve
Christopher Reeve spent the last years of his life strapped in a wheelchair and yet he could say this. I have a friend whose doctor’s have said that she would be dead years ago. Her life is not perfect…she is living with physical losses but she continues to live each day. Her Facebook page is filled with family trips, boat rides, ocean photos and the most wonderful paeans (songs of triumph) to God. She is filled with love for God and her life. God is with her. She knows it and she rejoices in it. So should we.
Loving God, we thank you for the gift of your presence and love. Help us to see it each day. AMEN
We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. —-Abraham Lincoln
How we see thing is everything. Some say that people see the glass as half full or half empty. I think that we can learn to see it half full. We don’t take time to see the blessings that we have. We are so busy doing things or watching TV or using electronic devices. It is time to look at our blessings.
Generous God, you have gifted us with so many things. Help us to see them and give thanks. AMEN
Homework: for the next week write down at least five blessings you have.
Outside of my house I can see the resurrection ferns growing on the oak trees. I love having this reminder of how life can come from death. When things are dry and there is little rain it turns brown and looks dead. Then the rains come and it rises green. I remember the hymn “Now the Green Blade Riseth” and the fern is proof of that.
J. M. C. Crum
The United Methodist Hymnal, No. 311
Now the green blade riseth, from the buried grain,
Wheat that in the dark earth many days has lain;
Love lives again, that with the dead has been:
Love is come again, like wheat that springeth green.
Yes! Love lives again. Thanks be to God! AMEN
A gem cannot be polished without friction nor a man perfected without trials. —-Chinese proverb
We all bemoan the trials that we go through. We wish that life could be easy with no bumps in the road. However, it is the trials that help to make us, not only beautiful, but useful in God’s eyes. It is the trials that help us to understand the pain of others. Learn from the trials so that you can be used by God to help others.
Miraculous God, you don’t cause our trials to happen but you want us to use them to bring about your kingdom. AMEN
Be fearless in pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.
Sometimes you have to watch for things that will inspire you.There are things that will feed your soul but we can miss them if we don’t pay attention. Be present in everything.
God of beauty, help us to be present in every moment. AMEN
The the true master knows that if he had a God he could understand he would never hold him to be God-——from “The Gargoyle” by Andrew Davidson
God is way beyond my understanding. There are so many things that happen in the world that make no sense to me. Who would allow pain and suffering if they were in charge? However, I know that there is a God whose wisdom I cannot grasp and no matter how much I study I will never understand. God is infinite and beyond my imagining.
Amazing God, you created the world and all that is in it. Your wisdom is before me every day and I will never understand. You are God. I believe.
Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Have you met Christians who think that God expects us to be somber in all that we do. Oh no! God created a beautiful world and he expects us to see the joy in it. He does want us to share of our abundance so that others may also have good things. Don’t go around with a sad face and a gloomy disposition. This will make others think that is our way. Let them see joyful Christians who thank God always for his love and abundance.
Gracious Lord, you have given us so much. Let us show the joy that living in you brings us. AMEN
If you can’t believe in God the chances are that your God is too small. —J.B. Phillips
We are so good at creating in our minds a God who is like us. We need for God to be reasonable and make everything work out the right way. That is our right way. This is not God. God is infinite. We will never understand him. Any image we have is not big enough. God is intimate. God came near in the presence of Christ to help us understand. We missed most of it. God is unreadable, beyond understanding, way bigger than our minds can comprehend. Just accept it.
Unimaginable God, you have tried everything to help us see your greatness. Give us the wisdom to accept you as you are. AMEN