January 8, 2014
Here are some questions for you to ask yourself: Am I really awake, aware, present, to God in
my life now?
What does my daily behavior say about the person I really am?
The responses we have to these questions provide true material for reflection. How
much do you reflect? What are the highs and lows of your day, your week? I thought I’d
share some of mine from the past week with you.
High: ringing in the new year with Cynthia (well, at about 7:30pm)
Most loving: glimpsing a mother holding hands with her young child
Most poignant: witnessing the the tears of a grieving family
Funniest: the expression on the father of the bride’s face at one point
Most challenging: encouraging someone who was down
Loneliest moment: my youngest departing for a trip
Sense of accomplishment: being part of a beautiful wedding
Most humbling: prayer with a terribly injured person
Most appreciative: Carla Murray playing at the last minute
Most inspiring: hearing an old country preacher testify to the faith
Most frustrating: realizing how quickly another year has passed
Most liberating: writing another sermon
Quietest: driving home after a funeral in the rain
Most amazed: seeing people transform the fellowship hall into a gorgeous reception space
Most holy: serving Communion
Most joyous: seeing a family totally thrilled to be in a new home.
That’s in one week. God is with us every moment of our lives. It is truly amazing how
often these moments are holy ones. Do we stop to take notice of everything and marvel at
God’s presence in these things? If nothing else, pay attention to your breathing this week….
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Rev. Ricky Willis
Senior Pastor, ZUMC