I can not begin to know what it must have been like for the children of Israel to wonder for 40 years in the desert. I do however know something about life in the desert. Now I’m not talking about the dry sandy cactus and snake area that we call a desert.
I’m talking about the part of the journey of life where we seem to be wondering, and lost. It’s those moments where you seem to have more questions for God then answers, where you passion seems stifled. I have to admin that is the desert I am in right now.
There are days when it is a struggle to make ends meet. I feel called and gifted by God to tell His story to others, but opportunities seem few and far between. We just laid my Dads ashes in their final resting place, after his death this summer, as I watch my Mom enter hospice care. We received the sad news of the death of Ron Wait, Shirley’s brother, while he was on vacation with his wife in Spain.
18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)
On this Thanksgiving day the worlds of Paul echo in my mind and they come to me as a comfort, a reminder of the steady constant Love of God. Paul not only calls us to give thanks, I think he reminds us we CAN give thanks in all circumstances. Want me to start listing my blessings… I would miss Worship this morning and Turkey this afternoon if I listed them all. I do know I am blessed to be here, sitting in my office, on my computer, in my home as the final preparations for a family gathering are coming to an end.
25 And this is what he promised us–even eternal life.
1 John 2:25 (NIV)
Eternal Life – not eternal wandering is the gift of God by Grace through the Love and Sacrifice of Jesus Christ my Lord! …this is most certainly true.
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