Good Tuesday morning after Memorial Day. I hope you got to enjoy some relaxing and fun activities over the weekend. I sure did. Walking through the Long Lake Cemetery while hearing the bell ring was a blessed event. I got in a bike ride, some good grilling time, my first visit to Plants and Things on Hwy 10, and a sweet ride in our old convertible, a 1988 Chrysler LeBaron, which of course ended at the DQ. Thanks to Will for helping us get it started and to Fornbergs for storing it over the winter!
Thanks to the Synod for providing a much needed Sunday off from worship prep for Shawna and me. I thought it was a lovely service and the bishop’s heartfelt words were wonderful.
I just got interrupted. There is a bunny two feet from my window and Mickey is going crazy!
I’m ready to jump back into the book of James. How about you? James 1:17-18 (NRSV)
“Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. In fulfillment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures.”
James returns to the subject of God’s generosity. I love the image of “the Father of lights.” It brings to mind the brilliance of Christ in the transfiguration in Mark 9:3 “his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them.” And Genesis 1: 15-16 is all about the creator of light:
“and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars.”
Finally James wrote, “He gave us birth by the word of truth.” God created us to be Christ followers by providing the scriptures, particularly the Gospel for us. It is good for us to spend some time reviewing God’s generosity to us. I invite you to give God some of your time today thanking our Lord for all you have been given.
Blessings on your day,