A Year in Review
Hello for those of you who visit the website. It’s been a while and I thank you for your reading these posts. Although Thoughts & Prayer is a part of my ministry, it is also very therapeutic for me. Writing has always been a form of exhaling, a tension reliever, a door opening, or closing, just plain exhaling … letting go of those things that appear to want hang on.
Thoughts & Prayer, this website, is a gift. A good and precious gift I have neglected. I have not written in T&P for some time. Why, I honestly do not know – maybe laziness, being non-committal, unfocused, distracted, not caring, lack of confidence in my calling, probably a little of all those things. The Holy Spirit is indeed my pen and these days I wonder if he has abandoned me; if he has forsaken me, but then I am reminded that it is not he who has pushed me aside, but I who have pushed him aside. I have neglected my gift, but with this year going out I pray I discipline myself to do, and to write, and to be led as before. One of the Pastors (Omar Thibeaux) whose sermons I study, once said that when he first began ministering on the campus curbs of LSU, someone advised him, “Do your ministry even if you don’t feel like it….” That was good advice.
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Did you happen to look, or walk outside this day, and see what a beautiful day it is? The weather is great: the sky is beautiful blue, and the breeze is cool. It made me want to laugh, to smile, to open my arms wide and almost cry. Such a beautiful day! Did you happen to feel the hope that is in the air? Do you feel the changing of the season? This morning, as I awoke to the brisk air, I fell on my knees in thanksgiving, praising God for such a wonderful and pleasing gift. Does Scripture not say that He has given us everything for our enjoyment?
How can we not look at a day like today and not rejoice and be glad in the day that the Lord has made? Sure, the stock markets around the world are tumbling, people are losing material things, and people are struggling with whom to vote for in the upcoming presidential elections; we don’t know what tomorrow holds, some of us are sick and dealing with health issues, some have financial and family issues, BUT how can you not see God’s handy work when you see and feel a day like today? How can you not see God’s controlling hand in how things function and how they work together for the good of those who serve the Lord? How can you not see the hope that God has for His people? I say this day, as in Psalm 118: 24 This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. James 1: 16 – 17 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. Today, as is everyday, is a good and perfect gift from He who sustains us.
Lord, no matter what happens, no matter what my circumstance, Your hand is at work. Let me rejoice and be glad in knowing full well that You are in control. Let me not be anxious for nothing, but let me look into the beautiful and lovely days and nights and see how wonderfully made everything is; how precisely everything flows together. Father, how you hold everything together. You make everything work. I just have to look into the night and see the stars and the moon to know this. I am reminded of Scripture which says that everything works together for the good of those who serve the Lord! For every breath I breathe, let me remember that You are the creator of all that is. Use me Lord, as You see fit. Holy Spirit of God, wrap Yourself around me and let me feel You. By the Blood of Christ Jesus, I pray. Amen.