I once asked my father what his favorite bible verse was. Without too much hesitation he recited: “Ecclesiastes 2:24 There is nothing better for mortals than to eat and drink, and find enjoyment in their toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God.”
At that time I found his reply to be a little to earthly, maybe lacking that spiritual shine that we need to have as born again Christians. You can say that maybe I got a little pharisaic on him when I heard his answer. But the more I think about it, the more credit I give to the old man. He has a healthy sense of spirituality and reality mixed together in a way that makes sense for someone that has experience the high and lows of life. Life is a gift from God, and each day is another gift, with whatever the day might bring it is a gift from God. And having that understanding makes us be thankful for the little things in life, for the laughter around the table, for the hand on your shoulder when you feel like crying. The more we think about life as God’s gift to us, the more we understand the need to appreciate and find meaning in each of the day’s moments.
As the sun is shinning on my face as I am writing this thoughts, I cannot stop smiling because my heart is filled with joy, hope and a sense that God is near. And I pray that we all can pause daily and experience that simple and yet profound truth that God is near and in his presence we find joy and hope.