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Wonderful Things

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I want to thank you Lord
for all the wonderful things
that you do,
for your love,
your care,
your hope,
your presence with me,
the splendour of your creation
and your presence
in the world.

I want to thank you
for all that you are,
for you majesty
and power,
your truth
and justice,
and your eternity.

It is so easy to moan
and grumble,
to complain
and winge,
but today
I step back
and I bring my thanks
and praise
to you.

Psalm 111

Psalm 111 (CEV)

Praise the Lord for All He Has Done

111 Shout praises to the Lord!
    With all my heart
I will thank the Lord
    when his people meet.
The Lord has done
    many wonderful things!
Everyone who is pleased
with God’s marvelous deeds
    will keep them in mind.
Everything the Lord does
    is glorious and majestic,
    and his power to bring justice
    will never end.

The Lord God is famous
for his wonderful deeds,
    and he is kind and merciful.
He gives food to his worshipers
    and always keeps his agreement
    with them.
He has shown his mighty power
    to his people
    and has given them the lands
    of other nations.

God is always honest and fair,
    and his laws can be trusted.
    They are true and right
    and will stand forever.
God rescued his people,
    and he will never break
his agreement with them.
    He is fearsome and holy.

10 Respect and obey the Lord!
This is the first step
    to wisdom and good sense.
    God will always be respected

Sing Renewal and Hope

Psalm 147:1-11, 20 (CEV)

Sing and Praise the Lord

147 Shout praises to the Lord!
    Our God is kind,
    and it is right and good
    to sing praises to him.
The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem
    and brings the people of Israel
    back home again.
He renews our hopes
    and heals our bodies.
He decided how many stars
there would be in the sky
    and gave each one a name.
Our Lord is great and powerful!
    He understands everything.
The Lord helps the poor,
    but he smears the wicked
    in the dirt.

Celebrate and sing!
    Play your harps
    for the Lord our God.
He fills the sky with clouds
    and sends rain to the earth,
    so that the hills
    will be green with grass.
He provides food for cattle
    and for the young ravens,
    when they cry out.
10 The Lord doesn’t care about
the strength of horses
    or powerful armies.
11 The Lord is pleased only
with those who worship him
    and trust his love.

20 But he has not given his laws
to any other nation.
    Shout praises to the Lord!

Shelter in the Storm

After an incredibly difficult few months, I’m going to have a go at getting back to blogging the lectionary.

It seems appropriate then, to begin with a prayer of thanks:

Isaiah 25:1-9 (CEV)

A Prayer of Thanks to God

25 You, Lord, are my God!
    I will praise you
for doing the wonderful things
you had planned and promised
    since ancient times.
You have destroyed the fortress
of our enemies,
    leaving their city in ruins.
Nothing in that foreign city
    will ever be rebuilt.
Now strong and cruel nations
    will fear and honor you.

You have been a place of safety
for the poor and needy
    in times of trouble.
Brutal enemies pounded us
    like a heavy rain
or the heat of the sun at noon,
    but you were our shelter.
Those wild foreigners struck
    like scorching desert heat.
But you were like a cloud,
    protecting us from the sun.
You kept our enemies from singing
    songs of victory.

The Lord Has Saved Us

On this mountain
    the Lord All-Powerful
will prepare
for all nations
    a feast of the finest foods.
Choice wines and the best meats
    will be served.
Here the Lord will strip away
the burial clothes
    that cover the nations.
The Lord All-Powerful
will destroy the power of death
    and wipe away all tears.
No longer will his people
be insulted everywhere.
    The Lord has spoken!

At that time, people will say,
“The Lord has saved us!
    Let’s celebrate.
We waited and hoped—
    now our God is here.”

Sometimes giving thanks is the hardest thing to do.  We all have times when it feels like we are being bombarded – with difficulties; with seemingly relentless stresses; with one thing after another; with the same thing going on and on and on…   The last thing we feel like doing is giving thanks.  We are busy enough just surviving.  We cannot see God’s plan and purpose – never mind thank him for it.

But somehow we make it through. Maybe battered and bruised, certainly changed. And as we turn and look back, we see the shelter in the storm, the protection from the heat, a place of safety – and we give thanks.

Sometimes giving thanks is the only thing we can do, the simplest thing.  To pray anything else is too hard, too big, way beyond us – but we can give thanks.  Just rest in his shelter and be.  Come to terms with where we are and how things are.  In our troubles to rest and hope in God’s presence.

For here is the one who wipes away our tears. He doesn’t stop them, but holds us as we cry; as we sob on his shoulder and gently, lovingly wipes them.

We waited and hoped—
    now our God is here.

My Jesus, My Saviour