Reading: Psalm 66: 1-12
Like the psalmist, there are times in our lives where God is present, when God acts on our behalf. To recall these times is an essential practice of our faith. When the Israelites remember how God turned away their enemies or when God led them through the sea or when God brought them into the promised land, they are reminding themselves of God’s love for them and, in turn, of their love for God. This leads them to worship and praise God.
God is also active and present in our lives. We too have experiences that we can identify and note as moments when God was especially near or when God acted in our lives. These times are moments in our lives that we too must occasionally remember and be in the moment for doing so connects us to God as well. Whether we record these moments in a journal or mentally store them does not matter. What is important is that we periodically review when God walked with us in a time of need, when God carried us through a crisis, or when God blessed us with a child or job or healing or … When we do this we are reminded, just as the Israelites were each time they sang a Psalm, of God’s love for us and of our live for God. It keeps our connection to God strong when we regularly offer our praise and thanksgiving.
In regularly recognizing God’s presence and activity in our lives, we are also made aware of God’s presence in smaller things. We sense God in the sunrise or in the beautiful song of the bird. We see God in the grateful face of one we stop to help or talk to. Soon we are thanking God and praising God for all of the blessings we have in our lives. This day may we be attuned to God’s presence in our lives and may we offer many grateful responses.