One Life to Live

One of my daily prayers is to quote the Psalmist,

"This is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it" (Psalm 118:24). As I offer this prayer, it is never a recognition of blessings alone. It's not a rote recitation of all good things in my life. Instead, it's a balance of giving thanks for the good and asking help for the bad. It's counting our blessings, but also acknowledging our hurts. Life is a beautiful collection of celebrations and heartaches, Some of us spend our days complaining and grumbling. Others of us put on blinders and fill our days with empty smiles. Real life is a recognition that every day includes both the good and the bad. An authentic life is an honest embrace of both joys and sorrows. For the last two weeks, I've been sitting with a 20th century American novelist and theologian (and old seminary friend) Fredrich Buechner. As a result, last week's sermon on repentance (as an act of returning home, returning to God) was filled with Buechner references, like this one that has stayed with me through this week “One life on this earth is all we get, whether it is enough or not enough, and the obvious conclusion would seem to be that at the very least we are fools if we do not live it as fully, as bravely, as beautifully as we can.” - Fredrich Buechner Friends, as we continue our Advent journey and await the arrival of our Savior, let's live life as fully, as bravely, as beautifully as we can. Let's pray authentically. Let's give thanks to the Lord daily. Let's embrace the hope that comes - not merely when we close our eyes to our brokenness and the brokenness of the world - but when we face them head on. God bless you. Remember to pray for each other. Praise God for the gift of today. - Pastor Caleb

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