At the beginning of our parish meeting last week, it was wonderful to have the opportunity to give thanks and praise God for the many blessings we have to be thankful for in our parish and our community.
Our readings this week remind us of the wisdom of giving thanks to God in all things.
Psalm 111 begins with the psalmist singing the praise of God:
As children of God, there is great strength and unity to be found when we stand together in praise before the Lord:
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
In the letter to the Ephesians, Paul gives similar advice:. There is great wisdom, it seems, in being a people of praise:
Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:15–20)
In our Gospel reading, Jesus reminds us once again that it is only when we put our trust in Him that we can ever be fully satisfied:
"... I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” (John 6:51)
The gift of life we have in Christ is a gift for which we should always be thankful. I pray that the Holy Spirit might give each of us the wisdom to truly know the fullness of blessing that comes from living in His love and to be bearers of that gift to those around us.
Till next time,
1st 1 Kings 2:10–12, 3:3–14
2nd Ephesians 5:11–31
Gospel John 6:51–58
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Rev. Andrew Smith
Vicar of Light in the Hills