As we kick-off the beginning of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. As we run back and forth to the grocery store collecting all the traditional items for the feasts ahead. As we calculate the budgets that we have allocated for Christmas shopping and get lost in all the hub-bub that lay straight away. How often we get side tracked by all the agendas that compete for our attention. It is not hard to forget WHAT is truly important and WHO has provided our needs.
I want to encourage you to take a moment to meditate and contemplate, if just for a moment. The following Psalm, a prayer of thanksgiving during our season of Thanksgiving, lays a foundation for us all to frequent from time to time. I pray that you let this prayer envelop your heart and penetrate the business that we are all susceptible too. For in this brief set of scripture we are blessed with encouragement, hope and protection.
“It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp. For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord; I sing for joy at what your hands have done. How great are your works, Lord, how profound your thoughts! Senseless people do not know, fools do not understand, that though the wicked spring up like grass and all evildoers flourish, they will be destroyed forever. But you, Lord, are forever exalted. For surely your enemies, Lord, surely your enemies will perish; all evildoers will be scattered. You have exalted my horn like that of a wild ox; fine oils have been poured on me. My eyes have seen the defeat of my adversaries; my ears have heard the rout of my wicked foes. The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.” -Psalm 92
Meditate on this “for a moment”? No, Psalm 92 expresses the state that our heart and soul should reside in 365 days a year, not just at Thanksgiving. Get out a sheet of paper and make a list of all the blessings that God has bestowed on you. Take a deep breath, step out of the world and enter into His peace as you reflect on all of His graciousness. Keep this list, share it with your family, ask them to contribute blessings that they may see that you may have overlooked. Being aware of how God has worked in your lives will carry you through the trials that may lie ahead. Let the time you spend with family and friends be grounded in an understanding that ALL we have is truly a gift. A gift to be thankful for.
Be blessed this holiday season and every day!
©2016 Eric A. Disney, Marriage by Design
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