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The Root of Thanksgiving – A Poem

The Thanksgiving Day Quotemeal email I got from Heartlight.org was a wonderful quote by Henry Ward Beecher, a mid-nineteenth century clergyman:

Pride slays thanksgiving, but an humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow.  A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.

As I read it, a poem started to form in my mind so I thought I flesh it out for today’s post.

The Root of Thanksgiving

Seeing his co-worker get a promotion
Mr. Proud is angry and unhappy
thinking the promotion should be his
Never thankful for the job he has

Seeing his co-worker get a promotion
Mr. Humble rejoices with him
believing his day will come
Always thankful for the job he has

Seeing his neighbor drive a new car
Mr. Proud swears at his old truck
sure he should have a new BMW by now
Never thankful that he doesn’t ride the bus

Seeing his neighbor drive a new car
Mr. Humble smiles as he starts his old beater
knowing it will get him to his destination
Always thankful that it is his free and clear

Seeing fat cats on Wall Street and CEOs
rake in the dough, Mr. Proud is indignant
certain their wealth should be spread around
Never thankful for the blessings he has

Seeing fat cats on Wall Street and CEOs
rake in the dough, Mr. Humble is saddened
confident they don’t have the peace of the Lord
Always thankful that money doesn’t define him

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
   “Never will I leave you;
   never will I forsake you.”
Hebrews 13:5 (NIV).

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Three Random Quotes

I have come to a point where the post-a-day challenge I took last Jan. 1 is becoming truly difficult for me to maintain. I think this is in part because I have come to expect too much of myself in terms of what I write and post. My desire is to write some pearl of wisdom that will really touch those who read it, but I have not the strength or time to do so. This week in particular is filled with too much physical pain to be able to focus on much else, and I don’t really want to write about that today.

So for My Tuesday Three I decided to take the easy way out and share three random quotes that I have received in my Quotemeal email from Heartlight.org. They are not connected in any way other than that they came to me in an email. Perhaps one will be just what someone reading my blog needed to read today.

“Pride is the utter poverty of soul disguised as riches, imaginary light where in fact there is darkness.”
      – John Climacus

“Unless the gospel is preached with contemporary relevance it has not been preached.”
      – Martin Luther

“God is in the business of restoration, and he’s been doing it for a long, long time. We’re merely his partners, his apprentices. We’re working with a pro! Today open your heart and let God’s touch bring restoration to those areas of your life that need repair. Then go and touch others with his restoring love.”
      – Amy Nappa

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A Continual Conversation with God

As I’ve mentioned a few times this week, it’s been a crazy, busy week. And it isn’t over yet! Friday night and Saturday I will be attending our Women’s Retreat, and then right after that my son comes home from his youth retreat that he’s been at since Monday. There has been no time to write a Saturday post and I knew I wouldn’t have my usual leisurely Saturday morning to write it. So I decide to reuse and schedule something I wrote early in my blogging, a post that had not been viewed very many times but that I think offers a great perspective on prayer.

This quote from Brother Lawrence came in my Quotemeal daily email: “There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God.” That’s easy for a monk to say. What did Brother Lawrence have to do all day but be in “continual conversation with God.” But how does one do that with a full-time job, kid, and other commitments?

And yet, scripture calls us to do just what Brother Lawrence suggests. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says, “pray continually,” “pray without ceasing,” or “Never stop praying,” depending on the translation you choose. Prayer is basically a conversation with God. I love this verse, but I used to have a hard time figuring out how to put it into practice.

If you think of prayer as the time during which you get on your knees and ask God for all the things you need or want, and tell Him about your family and friends who are sick or in trouble, and plead with Him to fix all your problems. Then you get up and go about your day. There’s no time for continual conversation.

One day it occurred to me that this is the wrong way to think about prayer. Instead, I began to think of prayer as spending time with my best friend. When I spend time with a good friend, we can both be in the same room doing different things and not even talking. But I always know that if I have something to say my friend will listen. And if my friend says something to me, I will be there to hear.

God’s Word tells me that He is always there for me; He is everywhere and wherever I am. If I always remember that, then I can easily “pray without ceasing.” Wherever I am at anytime, if I need someone to talk to He will listen because He is my friend. I also need to be aware that He may have something to say to me and be always ready to listen to that “small still voice.” Continual prayer doesn’t require constant words; it requires only continual awareness of the presence of God. In this way, even the busiest life can be sweet and delightful.

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The Lord Is My Strength

This quote was in my Quotemeal email from Heartlight.org:

“There is nothing that we can see on earth which does not either show the wretchedness of man or the mercy of God. One either sees the powerlessness of man without God, or the strength of man with God.” Blaise Pascal.

I choose to see the strength of man with God. How about you? Will you choose to rely on Jesus for your strength?

Praise be to the LORD,
   for he has heard my cry for mercy.
The LORD is my strength and my shield;
   my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
   and with my song I praise him.

The LORD is the strength of his people,
   a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.
Save your people and bless your inheritance;
   be their shepherd and carry them forever.
Psalm 28:6-9.

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