At the end of the day... Amen.
Blessed be God,
because he has not rejected my prayer
or removed his steadfast love from me.
~ Psalm 66:20
Some days are just like today. I have managed to squeeze every bit of the day into a full schedule. While today was filled with many opportunities, there is still comfort in knowing at the end of the day, I can say "Amen."
Our daily lives are lived out as a witness to what it is that God is doing in the world. If we are to be the living Christ, then we are by that presence, living unto God that which is our heart, mind and soul.
Today I gathered with several friends that represent the board at United Campus Ministries of Greater Houston. As we talked about ways in which we can engage young people in ministry, one of the members shared that there seems to be a new "enlightenment" among young people. They are seeking something that is much different, but yet, still very meaningful. I don't think I have considered what is happening in many churches, watching them struggle to make bills, and creating new programs in hopes to attract new members, as "enlightenment."
I think something "clicked" within. My dad used to call those moments, "Ah - ha" moments. When you suddenly understand why something is the way that it is.
While I'm probably like most mainline Christians today, I do sometimes wonder what the church will look like for my grandchildren and great grandchildren. I wonder if their relationship with Christ will provide the same strength and comfort that I find? While I don't know what that may look like, I do know this, God will still be faithful to us.
Today I am grateful that I was able to share in communion with this group. It has been a while since I have been able to lead in the sharing of the cup and the bread. Our ability to reflect at the end of the day, and recognize the moments that God has filled our lives, leaves only one response. "Thank you, God. Amen."
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Lord, while the full moon begins to ascend in the evening sky, let me take a moment to say "Thank You," for another day. May I find myself surrounded in peace as I close my eyes and seek rest. Amen.
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Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.