And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise…then the God of peace will be with you.
DEVOTION – NOVEMBER 17, 2019
We fight family, traffic, parking, and lines in the bathroom to get to church on Sunday mornings. When we burst through the doors, drop our kids in the nursery, find our seats, and confirm the time for Tuesday’s finance committee meeting, we’re barely settled before the music starts.
Transitioning from getting someplace to being someplace requires intention.
At New York City’s Brick Presbyterian Church, a statement is included each week in the Sunday bulletin that says, “Welcome! The moments before the service are a transition from ‘getting here’ to ‘being here.’ Since it usually takes a few moments to quiet one’s mind and to become open to the Spirit, it’s most appropriate to give one’s friends a silent wave of the hand, a nod of the head, or a friendly smile in lieu of initiating a conversation.”
If we intend to cultivate hearts of gratitude, we need to be like the wise folks at Brick Presbyterian and to have a transition from getting here to really being here. We need to find new ways to be grateful for what we have, where we are, and who we find around us. We need to think on these things:
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise…then the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9
Father, in this most blessed and busy of seasons, help me to slow down and be aware of your blessings: where I find myself in life, those who walk with me, and more importantly, your presence in my life. The best hope for my tomorrow is a thankful heart today.
Thank you for today!
Pastor of Chapel Worship
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