Thursday, November 14, 2013

Giving Thanks for Today

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Matt. 6:11, Lev. 7:15

Summary: when you or a family member has a disability the day-to-day struggles can be overwhelming. when the Lord gave his people an offering of thanksgiving, he prescribed they eat all the meat that day. a lot of us live thinking of tomorrow's responsibilities and sometimes miss out on today's blessings. it isn't healthy. consider the levels of stress for caregivers. it helps to remember Jesus' prayer.

Give us today our daily bread.Matthew 6:11, NIV

Along with their fellowship offering of thanksgiving they are to present an offering with thick loaves of bread made with yeast. They are to bring one of each kind as an offering, a contribution to the Lord...The meat of their fellowship offering of thanksgiving must be eaten on the day it is offered; they must leave none of it till morning.Leviticus 7:13-15, NIV

Each day begins with a routine: alarm, let the dog out, coffee, bathroom, morning forecast. This is the calm before the chaos. The next eighteen hours are a whirlwind of responsibilities that finally quiet when everyone else is asleep and her head hits the pillow. This is a good day--a day the adaptive equipment doesn't fail, dinner ingredients aren't spoiled, and my disability doesn't throw a wrench into the plans.

When you or a family member has a disability the day-to-day struggles can be overwhelming. It seems like everything requires a lot more effort: special parking spaces, adaptive devices, transfers, activities of daily living, strangers in and out of the house, regulations and loopholes for essential services.

God's chosen people wandered in the desert forty years until a new generation entered the Promised Land. The LORD instituted five offerings to remind them of their relationship with Him. Among them was an offering of thanksgiving. It was a voluntary offering of meat and bread brushed with olive oil. He prescribed they eat all the meat that day.

Jesus himself recognized the Father's provision, even on his darkest day. When he demonstrated to his disciples how to pray, he included the humble plea, give us today our daily bread. Time and again scripture reminds us of our daily reliance on the LORD.

A lot of us live thinking of tomorrow's responsibilities or yesterday's setbacks and sometimes miss out on today's blessings. It isn't healthy. Family, friends and special events offer support and reprieve. Unexpected treats are a bright spot. Sometimes it's a personal milestone. They are all the moments we long for.

Take time today for gratitude. Recognize how the LORD provides for you. Even at the edge of your rope, reach out for Him; He is reaching out to you.

PRAY:  Father, while my days seem filled with expectations and demands YOU are my Provider. I thank you for sustaining me through my good days and bad. I recognize the grace you have given me for today. I will worship you today, not from my own strength, but from this grace.

~ Mike Ritter

2 comments:

  1. I so needed to hear this today, especially the last sentence of the prayer: "I will worship you today, not from my own strength, but from this grace." Amen and amen!

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  2. Mike, BULL'S-EYE
    Thanks for this post

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