Lenten Devotion: Tuesday, March 24

Psalm 97Psalm 99Psalm 100Psalm 94Psalm 95Genesis 49:29 – 50:141 Corinthians 11:17-34Mark 8:1-10

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come into His presence with singing.
Psalm 100:1-2

Sometimes when I look around a congregation on a Sunday morning, what I see are a lot of glum, rather sad, tired faces. Are most of us simply living our lives, “going through the motions?” Where is the enthusiasm, the excitement, the sheer Joy at simply being Alive in this moment, on this earth, Thanks be to God!

What an amazing, astounding miracle are each one of us! Imperfect, all of us, yet created in God’s image, instilled with His divine Light, loved beyond all measure, with God’s loving arms tenderly surrounding each of us, and carrying us in our darkest moments, often without our awareness. Isn’t this miraculous? Shouldn’t we be celebrating our God with gratitude, joy, and laughter, loving each other the way He loves us, every single moment of our lives?

In my own life, I watch my precious granddaughter model the way each one of us should celebrate with gladness, and sing to with praise, our amazing, loving God. My granddaughter was born with major medical issues, and on the brink of death for the better part of her first three years. She possesses a fierce, courageous, optimistic spirit, which was evident from the moment of her birth. We could sense God’s loving Grace surrounding her, even when we had no idea of the outcome.

Today, at 7, despite continuing issues, she is truly a living example of the first two verses of Psalm 100. She lives every moment with enthusiastic gusto, grabbing life by the handfuls. She truly lives eternal gratitude to God in every moment, with joy, and laughter, and even tears. Watching her little legs fly up and down the basketball court at the YMCA, is like watching the sheer beauty of God’s creation. She is truly a Miracle. God’s Light burns brightly within her, and all around her.

How can I possibly do anything except fall to my knees, singing with joy and gratitude, beyond all measure, in the face of God’s Amazing Grace?