Friday, November 8, 2013

I Am Grateful

Even in death there is beauty
It seems like it has been ages since I have sat down to write a post. I am glad that I miss it when I don't. In the past week there has been a good trip to Maine to see my mom and connect with friends and family that live at the eastern tip of the United States. Schedule adjustments are a big part of all of our lives.

Americans on their native soil, and thousands expatriated around the globe will celebrate Thanksgiving this month. If you are on FaceBook you probably are seeing meme after meme posted focusing on taking time to count our blessings. As we look around at our world and at the circle of friends and acquaintances that make up our day to day, we know that along with the good there is the disruption of the unexpected, and the disappointments that living under the sun brings: physical illnesses; loss of loved ones; difficult job environments; strained relationships, and for Believers--times when God seems quiet and distant. To paraphrase C. S. Lewis, "If we are not comfortable in this world, could it be that we were never meant to live in the world as it is?" Undoubtably, it is the case that, the great thinker was certainly in line with the theme of God's message throughout the Scripture.

Fall, in our fallen world, still reflects vestiges of beauty
Yet, we also have the privilege and imperative to continue to cultivate our fallen garden of Eden, and to  point out the goodness of God. We not only observe, but we also respond and engage to make it a better place for people whose lives brush the edges of ours. We are called, with reason, to be thankful sojourners. Amid so much that is broken and twisted we have eyes to see, ears to hear, and voices to continually pronounce--the goodness of God in the land of the living.

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