Reading: Psalm 107: 43
Today’s verse is a great reminder to do something we seldom do enough of: consider the great love of the Lord. In the busyness of our lives we rarely slow down enough to pause and recognize God’s role and presence in our lives. Thus we rarely slow down enough to offer our praise and thanksgiving for God’s activity and presence in our lives. The less we do this, the less we seem to be thankful to have God in our lives.
When we are in touch with God’s activity in our lives, we are grateful for the many ways we experience that love and presence. We are also more aware of the ways we can use God’s love to engage others through the use of the gifts and talents that God has uniquely blessed us each with. This is our grateful response. This engagement also keeps us focused on God and our faith. The more we recognize and offer our thanks for God in our life, the more we become aware of it. It is a good cycle.
As a church, we too can become so focused on what we are doing to involve new people or whatever we think God is calling us to that we forget God is involved as well. As the body becomes more and more us-centered we slowly but gradually lose the sense of God leading and guiding the church. On the other hand, there are churches who seek God’s presence, direction, will… almost constantly. These churches very much have God at the center of all they do. Looking in from the outside one can see how alive the Spirit of God is in that place and in those people. It is a beautiful and wonderful thing.
As children of God, we too must seek God’s presence and be aware of God’s handprints in our lives. Our grateful response is to offer God our thanksgiving and praise. In doing so we too will exude the light and love of God and Christ in us. We will be a living example of Christ to all we encounter. May our joyful, Christ-centered lives witness to our faith and the hope we have in Him this day.