Telling on God

Friday, December 30, 2022

“ I will tell of the Lord’s unfailing love. I will praise the Lord for all God has done.  ~ Isaiah 63:7 ~ NLT

We will have the little girls with us from lunch today until lunch on Monday. It’s a gift to their dads that gives to us as well. It will be crazy, noisy, messy, and wonderful. No doubt there will be a few conflicts between these competitive sisters. They will tell on one another, and we will be referees in the cause of justice and mercy (one more reason why I am glad that God is God, and I am not). The thing about tattle telling is that it is always about an alleged wrong done to an innocent party. I find myself wishing that they told on the other about the loving things they did – which greatly outnumber the not-so-loving things.

The text above was written to the Jewish people as they returned from exile. They were forgetting what God had done for them. Isaiah came up with a good fix. Remember and tell others about God’s unfailing love in the here and now, as well as in the past.

It’s a good practice for a new year, known in spirituality circles as the prayer of examen. There is much written on the examen. It boils down to a simple time of prayer. No equipment needed, just a few minutes of your time, your own prayerful attitude, and two simple questions. “For what moment today am I most grateful?” “For what moment today am I least grateful?” Remembering God’s steadfast love paves the path for our wandering souls to journey home. Then share your story with others. It’s good practice for you, and your shared story becomes a part of others’ stories as well.

I’m going to be on the lookout for grace in these next few days with the little girls. I do not think I will be disappointed. Stayed tuned! ~ Anne

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