Last week I came across a picture that someone from my congregation posted on Instagram in winter.
It was snowy and she was cross-country skiing to church! It’s a picture that both is beautiful and powerful in its simplicity. (It’s the photo that goes with today’s devotional below.)
It got me thinking about the things we take for granted—like going to a worship service with other flesh-and-blood people. Like going out and grabbing a bite to eat with friends. Like hugs. Like school functions. Like sports. Like zipping in and out of whatever store we want. Like family gatherings.
It made me so grateful for all the things we take for granted.
Do you want to know what worries me? That when social-distancing restrictions start to ease, we will forget what this feels like, that we will quickly start to take everything for granted—again.
But it doesn’t need to be that way.
In Ephesians 5:19-20 Paul gave this advice: “Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Always giving thanks to God the Father FOR EVERYTHING.
Remember this feeling. And let this strange time in human history re-open our eyes to the million gifts we so often enjoy but don’t even notice because they don’t have a bow.
By Matthew Ruttan
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