In this season of Thanksgiving, what are you thankful for?
My gratitude list includes the usual sorts of thankfuls, such as:
- Greg’s pizza-oven-roasted potatoes.
- Hearing about Lara’s “Best.Day.Ever.”
- A text from Scott: safe arrival.
- Lunch with a friend.
…To name just a few.
My list also includes hard things that seem difficult to be thankful for.
- Tears at saying goodbye.
- Facing change.
- Mistakes, and more mistakes.
And then there are entries on my list of things that I should be thankful for every day… but I just forget.
- That God has chosen me for my weaknesses. (My weakness amplifes my need for God.)
- That God is always present with me! (Whether I sense him or not, he is a constant companion!)
…So easy to forget!
Perhaps we are all like Jacob who experiences God in his life and says,
Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.
Our Cool Disciples story about Jacob and Esau is such a large story that we’ve broken it into two parts (part one and part two). With such a big story it is easy to loose sight of the main point. We could become embroiled in the details — who are all of the characters, and what happens, and in what order — which is important to know, but is not the most critical. Here is the point which we hope stands out:
God makes his presence known in our lives.
The world is a place where one can encounter God, reaching out to us.
If we take notice.
As we head into the crazy-busy days ahead, can we make time to notice God? God seeks an encounter with us; God endeavors to get your attention!
For this I can say:
Photo of the Thanksgiving altar at church is from my archives.
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2 thoughts on “Thank God! The world is a place where one can encounter God. (If we notice.)”
Great photo, Carol. I believe it’s from the altar last Sunday at FUMC? Thank YOU for putting Thanksgiving thoughts into words so eloquently also.
Ruth Ann: It was the altar at church from a year ago. I’ve been saving up this photo for a whole year!
Thanks for your kind words.