Two thoughts challenged me, this morning, as I struggled to wake, built a fire, brewed coffee, and began to pray:
First, the recipient’s response to a gift is the surest sign of it’s perceived value. We witnessed responses that ran the gamut this week: from the mildly amused, “that’s nice” to the emotional, heart-felt, “thank you!” After preaching all Advent about the Gift to come, I’m now wondering about my response. Am I barely interested or blown-away-grateful?
Second, worshipping Jesus is a privilege. Sometimes I don’t feel like going to church. Sometimes the weight of spiritual leadership feels extremely heavy. But what I need (though I’m often slow to realize it) is to take my place in our community and to worship. How fortunate am I? “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to me on whom his favor rests.”*
May I respond to the Gift I’ve received by embracing the privilege of worship.