The Spiritual Act of Sitting
I pray there will be a large helping of gratitude for you this week. I know Thanksgiving is a mixed time for many. If you’ve had a good year, it’s easy to be thankful. If you’re grieving or struggling mightily with life, then it’s a bit harder to feel the gratitude. Some of us are alone this time of year, which leaves us feeling out of step with the rest of the culture. Sometimes the best we can do is thank God for the basics: for life, breath, a place to worship.
Psalm 100 says, “enter his gates with thanksgiving…,” a reminder it is good to enter God’s presence first with a thankful word, and then we offer our needs to God. The Apostle Paul, who had faced torture, homelessness and major health issues, would say to the Christians in Philippi: “in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Making our requests to God, surrounded by thanksgiving, helps both our faith and our response to the difficulties of life.
I also know that we’re entering a time of year that is full with holiday activity. Sunday we’ll read the story of two friends of Jesus’, Mary and Martha. Many of us identify with Martha, the more Type A personality, trying to get things done, like prepare a meal for Jesus and his entourage. She doesn’t shirk responsibilities. She steps up to them. Let’s face it, the church needs Marthas who care for all kinds of people and ministry. But there’s an insight for the holiday season with Mary, who is able to receive and welcome the gift of Jesus’ presence as she finds a spiritual longing is met in her. When Jesus arrives, let’s simply receive the gift God brings. Let’s be people willing to stop in the moment and recognize and receive what God is wanting to offer to us and not simply pass by in the rush of the day.
Sunday we come to worship and take that important moment to pause, stop and receive the presence of God who has much to give to us.
Senior Pastor Dave Summers
Office: 602-840-8360 Ext 131
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