THE Lord bless you
and keep you:
The Lord make His face to shine upon you,
and be gracious unto you:
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
and give you peace.
~Numbers 6: 24-26
In preparation for a "Deep Church Theology" group that we'll be having in about a month, I've been re-reading the Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. In it, Lewis makes the wonderful, obvious, wise, and often forgotten, point that our days are not "our own," and that every moment of our lives are not, really, "our own." We do not create time, we can not make a minute longer than 60 seconds, we cannot make a day longer than 24 hours. It is all gift. We go through most of our days under the illusion that we do have control of them. In the midst of coasting through a rather ordinary day, we can be shocked into deeper awareness by tragedy and sadness. In the midst of a rather hum drum day, we can see the sun shining gloriously over a field - and we remember that we are but the created, not the creator.
The more that we can cultivate the practice of gratitude for all that we are and all that we have, the better and richer our lives may be. The more that we can accept the blessings that the Lord has shown us, the deeper and more abundant our lives may be.
May we each accept the blessings of this day, and respond with gratitude for them.
~The Rev. Peter M. Carey