Good morning, God!
Here we are in Tucson Visiting with Family — and RESTING! And Thankful!
Do You ever find thankfulness boring? Hmmm. It feels as if You are saying THANKFULNESS is just the Gate — Come into my Courts WITH PRAISE.
Yes! That is what the Psalms say! I keep forgetting that PRAISE is so key. Maybe because I am not comfortable with praise? Affirmations, YES! But, praise seems what one does to a child — when we praise a Superior it congers up “Kissing Up” and flattering.
Suddenly, it is as if I stand on the THRESHOLD of SPACE — standing here in my small portion of Time and Space — and all I can “see” are stars and galaxies and COLORS and LIGHT! AWE! GLORY!
And I take a step back into my “reality” — surely, God, we cannot see Your Face and Live! But, if we but “see” the Heavens — we see Your GLORY! And what possible response is there other than PRAISE!
Oh, well, yes. There is THAT. We can “Turn Away” and ignore That Threshold — The Heaven that are on “The Other Side.” And, do I “hear” You say “That is what Death is about — to help us Turn Toward You?”
Gosh, God, this is so far from where I “started out to go.” I was so immersed in HERE AND NOW that I forgot Our Context! I begin to understand that Thankfulness is mostly about here and now.
But, it IS also A GATEWAY. There is always an opportunity to Turn Toward You and Your Awesome MORE. Stepping into that “more” is to enter into Your Courts WITH PRAISE. Praise YOU, oh GOD. PRAISE YOU!!!