Friday, November 18, 2016

First Snowfall

“Yes, we should make the most of what God gives, both the bounty and the capacity to enjoy it, accepting what’s given and delighting in the work. It’s God’s gift! God deals out joy in the present, the now….” –Ecclesiastes 5:19-20 (The Message)

The first snowfall of the year is usually sparse. It’s a teaser, really. My kids go to bed excited with the hope of snow and are disappointed when only an inch has fallen. On one such November day, Lexi’s midday walk took us through an apartment complex where many families live. Despite the scanty snow, there were a dozen kids on the commons having a snowball fight. They were making the most of the snow. We too should make the most of whatever God gives. It isn’t always easy; we’re so often disappointed in our hopes. Thankfully, the capacity to enjoy what we’ve been given also comes from God. We can ask for this blessing at the same time we’re praying for all the other things we want and need. God probably won’t give us most of what we want, but he will give us the heart to make the most of what we have. You can have a snowball fight in one inch of snow.

Dear God, Give me the capacity to enjoy your gifts and to make the most of what I’ve been given. Amen

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