If you are not a person who prays, and you don’t know where to begin…Just say, “Thank you, God.” He loves to be thanked. That simple phrase will open the door to communication with your Creator.
If you can’t think of anything to be grateful for – how about beginning with your “breath.” You can say, “Thank you, God, for giving me breath.”
On a grim night, when my husband was suffering from the pain of Acute Myeloid Leukemia, we were lying in bed side by side. He was inconsolable in his distress and suffering. I asked him if we could pray together and tell God “thank you” for something positive. Bob said, “I have nothing to say thanks for!” And, in his wretched condition, he certainly believed he had no reason to be thankful.
I paused for a moment and said, “Well, you are still breathing, and that is a good thing. Maybe you can tell God, “thanks for breath.” I told him to just say, “Thank you for breath.” He did not do it right away, and again I said something like, “Come on, you have breath, and that is what we can thank God for tonight.” Reluctantly, he did what I asked him to do. And, not enthusiastically. And this is the moment when something unexpected happened.
Bob’s comment hit something inside of him that made him burst out in laughter. I began to laugh with him. We both started laughing together like we were having a conversation – it just rolled out of our entire body. We were engaged in a session that consisted of continuous laughter for quite a long time. Oh, it felt so good!
And, the atmosphere in our bedroom was charged with the electricity and energy that laughter brings. Our short pryer of thanks brought peace and hope to us both that night.
God also delights in laughter. So after you tell him “thanks” for something, you can have a good laugh together.
Once the two of you begin to laugh together, it’s hard to stop. You might just keep on smiling together for the rest of your time here in this mortal world.
You may not realize it, but his present world is not your home.
You are a stranger and a sojourner here – you are on a pilgrimage from this place to the final destination. I like to imagine myself on a ship, and we are headed to a location we have embarked on long ago. In fact, the early Christians designed their churches and cathedrals to resemble a boat. Once you enter that ship, you have the feeling that you are on a journey going somewhere together.
Your eternal home is the place where you
and God will dance and laugh together for all eternity. You might as well begin the relationship right now. After all, he DANCED and SANG the universe into existence.
There are many Biblical reflections on singing and dancing – and here is one I like a lot, for it encourages us to be joyful at all times.
Psalm 149:3 (NIV) Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp. (NIV)
_ Courtesy of Pennsylvania author, Lynda McKinney Lambert
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