O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.
~ Psalm 96:1
Still one of my favorite photos of my two children when they were both home for Christmas a few years ago and we went out to the Texas City Dike. The seagulls, soaring above, while the kids were just standing, together, looking out over the Galveston Bay.
I treasure this uncommon moment. They have always been busy with activities, but for this one moment, they were standing still, together, and as a father, seeing them like this, I realized how much they actually cared for one another. While I don't know what their conversation might have been at the time, I do recognize a moment of peace when I see it!
Christmas seems to be the season of "busyness." Everyone hopes to find that "perfect," gift, arrive fashionably late or early for parties, while all along I am reminded that we are to, "Sing a new song unto the Lord!"
This captured moment of with my kids is a reminder to me that we are to remain present in the moment as we move through the season. I would even go so far as to say that being in the moment through the season invites God to be present with us as well!
Just like this photo, each moment we encounter with God is to be lived fully with one another.
The Psalmist reminds us to keep our relationship strong with God by sharing our lives with God.
God knows us. How can we celebrate when we are sad? Or how can we be remorseful for something when we haven't forgiven someone?
God wants us to remain honest with God in our thoughts, words and deeds, including our praise!
Each day is a new day, full of opportunities for new experiences. May our song to the Lord be that of our heart each day. "Sing a new song unto the Lord!"
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2019
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.