Lifetime of Love

My friend, Meredith is a mom, grandmother, a wife, a director of a pre-school and a every day, ordinary-life Facebook theologian.  I look forward to her posts because they usually make me laugh.  At the end of January, a post with Amazon boxes caught my eye. The Santa Mailman teased Meredith about being a Shopaholic, but my sassy friend, gave it right back, reminding him that her shopping insured his job security. 

The rest of her post made me pause, “In these packages are useless things that will wear out way before I do but GOSH so many things pop up in my news feed or email account that I just can’t resist ordering!

Thought: If I paid this much attention to God and all the times he pops up in my day, I would be so richly fulfilled! Lifetime love instead of seasonal treats.

I’ve got to work on this! Do you?”

Yes, Meredith!  I do.  I have lots of work.  Do you?  Sometimes it is shining trinkets and sometimes is busy distractions that clamor for our attention. Amid it all we miss the God moments; the quiet reminders that God is working with us and for us. 

Zephaniah 3:17 "The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” 

Zephaniah offered this message of hope in the midst of impending doom. Our lives might not be doom and gloom but it is a good reminder “God is in our midst” offering us “Lifetime love instead of seasonal treats”. With God is in our midst we can trust that God is at work sometimes saving and sometimes singing.  Always God is shaping us and forming each of us to reflect the likeness of Christ. Think about how our relationship with Christ would benefit greatly if we paid more attention to God’s everyday actions than the charms or worries in our lives. 

I’ve got to work on this! Do you?

Rev. Alicia Besser is the South East District Superintendent in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church (Houston area).

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