"Oh God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me."
~ Psalm 63: 1, 3, 6-8
How do we make ourselves available to God, as well as, one another?
Years ago I intentionally entered into a period of time that each day I would begin the day by saying, "Today Lord, I empty myself of me. In this empty vessel, please fill me with all that You desire for me, and the strength to remain faithful to that desire."
I would like to say I was successful. Instead I discovered I would be so very critical of myself any time that I sensed I was going in another direction. My focus on when I messed up completely overwhelmed what I had initially hoped for the exercise.
A middle-aged woman I met years ago while working with homeless folks on the street shared, "As a recovering addict, I have learned that every day is a new opportunity."
I think we all need to recognize that the blessing of each new day is truly a day that we can begin again.
The re-creative nature of God gives us hope that today will be better than yesterday.
Although God has that hope for us, we will always be part of the process. "Attitude is everything," is truly the mantra of every person who has ever tried to change, make a difference in a situation, or when faced with a challenging situation.
May the joy of the Lord be our strength. May the hope of today fill us with anticipation of God's goodness. May each of us, at the end of this day, before closing our eyes, find peace.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.