Tag Archives: gratitude

Covenant in a new light

If God provides everything in a covenant with us and wants only our gratitude and love in return, why are there so many commandments? It started with ten given to Moses on Mount Sinai (Exod. 20:1-17), and before you can say “your will be done,” those ten begat 603 more. Six hundred thirteen commands to […]

Renewing the covenant

“He discovered his re-set button early on & there were not many things that bothered him all the rest of his days just because of that.” That recent comment by a site called StoryPeople made me think that pushing our reset button is a good way to think about approaching Lent and renewing the covenant […]

On lowering our sights

What must I do to inherit eternal life? People keep asking that question. Someone asked it of Jesus (Mark 10:17-31, etc.), and we’re still asking it. When asked about your most urgent question last month, several of you responded with questions like these: Will I make it to heaven? Am I pleasing to God? Will […]

Decide to respond

Jesus’ question seems aimed at a practical response to an immediate need, but it’s much more. It’s a test of spirit, a test of faith. “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” he asked Philip (John 6:5). It’s a question you might hear at any church finance committee meeting: How are […]

Give thanks

On Thursday Sheryl and I will do what most Americans will do when we gather with our family to celebrate Thanksgiving. No one is certain when or how the custom began, but most accounts trace the day’s origin to Plymouth Colony in present-day Massachusetts, when in 1621, following a brutal winter, some Pilgrim settlers celebrated […]

Jabez, meet Jesus

While you’re celebrating Thanksgiving Day – you might as well do it every day – remember these words from Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius: “Take full account of the excellencies which you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them, if you had them not.” Remember your blessings, in other words, and the […]

On the power of gratitude

It’s a difficult and costly thing, trying to live up to the expectations of others: difficult, because those expectations are often unspoken and impossibly high; costly, because trying it draws us toward living someone else’s life at the expense of our own, which in the end leads to a kind of death. My father taught […]