And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him (Col. 3:17, HCSB).Yesterday, the new year began as it ought, with worship. The preacher spoke of a "Land of New Beginnings." We prayed in song for open eyes, "We want to see Jesus." I hung a beautiful new calendar on the wall, appended a new number to the date in my journal, began a new list of books to read this year.
Today, though, the same old established routine resumes. The dryer buzzes, "Done!" The dishwasher churns loudly, grumbling of yet another load of plates and mugs and cereal bowls. Ebony
I worship by offering my body again as a living sacrifice, a poor one though it is, but one God commands and deems acceptable through the blood of Christ.
And I offer thanks to the Ancient of Days, whose mercies are wondrously new every new year, who remains the same from of old. The words of Octavius Winslow call me to renew the same old gratitude habit in an all new year:
My soul! seek from God the spirit of thankfulness, and cultivate habitually the grace of praise. It is a soul-purifying and a God-glorifying grace. It keeps the heart in perpetual bloom, and converts the life into a daily psalm.Resuming the list, then, let's worship God through gratitude for His many gifts:
~Himself, the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow cast by turning
~"Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies"
~the grace of Christmas and New Year's with family
~a few days off for Allen
~lovely new tea things from Allen
~a new hat from my sister (no photos yet, sorry)
~the high volume of 3 preschool nephews opening Christmas gifts
~a hushed neighborhood and house on New Year's morning, a truly quiet "quiet time"
~a strong admonition in the year's opening sermon to recommit to private prayer
~plentiful, tasty holiday food
~leaping into this leap year with a new book from Lisa's giveaway
~a new technology to learn
~grace enough for today
~this beautiful prayer at church, that God would "bathe us in His healing springs so that we might stand straight and tall." Yes, Lord. Amen.
(from the gratitude journal, #2568-2582)