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Thankful Moments
11/21/2018 1:14:00 PM by: Susan Lyttek

The other day, as I crossed the street, heading into the store in a hurry, one pant leg flapped oddly in front of the other leg. Before I was totally aware of what was happening, the moving foot caught in that stray bit of cloth and I lost my balance. I stumbled precariously for a few steps before catching myself and resuming my path.

I stumbled. But I didn’t fall.

As I thanked God for his protection and made it safely across before the next car came, thoughts flooded me. While stumbling was definitely not good, it made my breath catch in fear, I felt unbalanced and probably looked silly, it was not falling.

Falling is much worse.

And it got me to thinking, how many times have I been protected by God that I don’t even know about? In this temporal world, we go about our daily business unaware of the battles that go on about us. I think, if we had even a glimpse of what God did on our behalf from day to day, we would gush spontaneous praise. And that’s not even considering what Jesus paid for us.

We are immensely loved by our Creator. We are loved beyond all that we can imagine and beyond all that we are capable of.

When I was a child, I had a pet mouse. I trained that mouse to do tricks and ride on my shoulder. He seemed to enjoy it and would run up my arm whenever I put it in his cage. But what he felt or didn’t feel for me was miniscule in terms of what I felt for him. I loved Button and grieved a long time when he met the end of his mousey lifespan. I still think about him today, many years later.

In a small way, I think that discrepancy of affection represents the chasm between how God loves and we love. As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, let us not just remember to thank for the blessings from God’s hand. But let us also thank him that he is God and we are not. What an amazing Creator we serve!

A Prayer to Abba

Daddy, you who shine above the cherubim,

You are one and your name is You.

Come quickly into our daily lives

And flood them with the desires you cherish.

Send us your spirit to fulfill your aims,

And the words to lift prayers

That angels echo on high.

Thank you that you meet the needs of each moment.

Help us to keep our hungers in the present!

Pardon our mistakes (intentional and unintentional)

For they are enormous;

And help us to pass on your forgiveness to those that hurt us.

Daddy, keep our focus on you so that our errors decrease,

And lead us toward your holiness.

Put up road barriers to stop us when we drift into evil’s path.

For our Daddy is the only holy one.

Our Creator is the only one worthy of worship.

Our King is the only one who will rule the eternal kingdom.

Forever and ever, so be it!

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