26th November 2019

Be Still and Know - 'God Will Receive More And More Glory'

(from www.premierchristianradio.com)

 

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2 Corinthians 4:15 NLT

 

'All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.'

 

Last January, my mum was in hospital, barrier nursed, with pneumonia. The doctor suggested we gather the family for it was thought she would not recover. However, after three courses of intravenous antibiotics, she rallied and is now happily preparing for another Christmas at age 94. At the time I was both pleasantly surprised and thankful that the NHS would invest so much effort in seeking to restore someone of mum’s age and frailty to health. I was also deeply touched by the gentleness and kindness of the nursing staff on her ward. They really carried a vocation in nursing older people, with whom they were surrounded. I was also grateful for Mum’s resilience and gentleness of spirit as she shook off the pneumonia and slowly recovered her strength and focus. Finally, I was thrilled we were able to discharge her to our preferred nursing home as she was unable to return to her care home.

At the time this episode was demanding and stressful, yet God walked ahead of us, heard and answered our prayers. So it is something that as the dust settles and the immediate anxiety subsides, that it is appropriate to pause and give thanks for. Winter approaches again, and we recognise Mum’s health is compromised through age and frailty. We also accept her destiny is to die and we pray, to be with God. Yet, again I am grateful for the opportunity to talk more specifically about this, given her earlier hospital experience.

As a people, Brits are often perceived as cynical and negative. Even when asked about our welfare a common retort is “I can’t complain”! Thanksgiving lifts us from a negative perception on life to take the initiative in proclaiming the positive we see and owning it as a blessing that comes from God. Thanksgiving is a season when we deliberately take time to be generous with our thanksgiving to God.

 

QUESTION: Think back over the year so far: what ways have you experienced God’s blessing, provision and help?

 

PRAYER: For all good gifts around us we give you grateful thanks, Provider and Sustainer.


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