Gratitude

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Connecting to the Larger Narrative

This past week, I took some time off work to celebrate alongside one of my friends as he made a public proclamation of God’s faithfulness to sinners. More to the point, perhaps, this brother of mine had recently hit the 10-year mark in his recovery from alcohol and, as Providence would have it, he was

In the Fullness of Time, with Perfect Measure

As someone who became a believer in Jesus after decades of debauchery, I find it difficult to consistently embrace a child-like gratitude for all that God has done for me; I often find myself grappling with a near-constant regret over the disaster that is “my former life.” In other words, even after all these years

27 Things to Give Thanks For No Matter What Life Looks Like

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what we have to be thankful for. But when we look around and see that our life doesn’t look like what we wish it did, when circumstances are tough, it’s hard to give thanks. And yet the Bible tells us to give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thess 5:18). But how do we do that when it’s hard to find things to be thankful for?

Here are some things that we can thank God for, no matter what our particular circumstances look like. Really, this list is a lot more about God, who he is and what he does, than it is about us. And it mixes in some things that are true as part of how we, as God’s image-bearers, continue to develop and advance creation. And the fact that it’s 27 is really rather arbitrary (and the order is somewhat random too). Maybe you can take this as a jumping off point and think of another 27.

I can be thankful to God that . . .

My Own Personal ‘Shepherd’s Staff’

For a few months now, I’ve been carrying around three small stones that I picked up on the coast of Maine while visiting family this past August. One of my favorite pastimes while oceanside is to walk the beach looking for unusually-colored or oddly-shaped stones thrown up on the shore by the waves. The East

Exegesis of Psalm 24:1 via Daffy Duck: ‘Pronoun Trouble’

The earth is the LORD’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. Psalm 24:1 (King James) When reading through the historical accounts of the Old Testament, I’ll admit there are times when my spirit struggles to accept one very simple lesson, typically due to what feels like its seemingly-endless repetition. At

An Appointed Time for Labor, An Appointed Time for Rest

selah an expression occurring frequently in the Psalms, thought to be a liturgical or musical direction…perhaps an indication of a pause. First John 5:14 tells us that there is real power to be unleashed by praying through Scripture, in accordance with God’s will, and my own experiences have ben more than enough to convince me. Sadly, I

An Unplanned Fishing Story

And when [Jesus] had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number