Good Evening, God!
We parked next to this tree and as we returned from swimming I glimpsed it out the car window. The tree seemed lit up. . . like I was seeing it for the first time. And that brought to mind Psalm 1:3: That person is like a tree planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither . . .
Ah, we are like trees . . . planted in You . . . the Ground of our being. The Bible is referring to those whose delight is in You. But, I think You are always hoping that each of us will come closer and grow in our delight in You. For me that is one of the many ways in which You pour out help.
In my mind Your help is limitless . . . endless . . . how else could You care for BILLIONS of us and countless creatures and billions of galaxies and so forth. So for me it feels natural to ask for Your help.
And this morning, while saying grace I did ask for help for all of us present. Afterwards, a dear friend remarked that those of us present really didn’t need help compared to most of the world’s people! And that is certainly true!
My friend is an extraordinarily good and generous person. And I appreciated her observation. It is good to be reminded that our needs are not to be compared to the refugees and homeless and abused.
So I am thinking, God, that in addition to the various way I seek Your help — I need You to help me be more generous in giving and in caring. And more grateful.