Simple joys

Bible Reading: Lamentations 3:21-25
Author: Patricia Steagall (North Carolina, US)
Tuesday 10 April 2018 © The Upper Room.
Our two-year-old grandson, Gabriel, is a delight to all his family. My husband and I are in our 70s and our other two grandchildren are teenagers, so it has been a blessing to us all to have this little one come into our lives.
  
Gabriel greets every morning with great enthusiasm, looks at all his toys as if they are brand new and gives everyone hugs and kisses as if they have been away for a long time. He inspects everything outside – leaves, pebbles, flowers, insects – as if he had not seen them just the day before.
  
What if we all appreciated each new day with the same excitement? What if we were as joyful and loving as Gabriel? What if we thanked  God for our blessings instead of dwelling on unpleasantness? Perhaps our enthusiasm about our love of God and our faith would be clear to others. How wonderful it would be if our joy in our faith was passed on to just one person, making that person want to experience the fullness of  knowing God!

Prayer: Dear God, help us to greet with enthusiasm the blessings you give us through the simple pleasures of your handiwork. Help us to share our faith in you with others. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen
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