The main theme over the next two weeks will be ‘Grateful’. To be grateful, to be thankful, to have an attitude of gratitude is not only a positive way of being, but also, it flows from an awareness of all that we have received from God and the blessings he has bestowed upon us through our acceptance of the gift of abundant life that Jesus offers us (John 10:10), and our commitment too, to follow him.
In The Times newspaper (thetimes.co.uk), in the Mind Games section, along with the crosswords, sudoku, and other puzzles, is the Polygon. The task is to make as many words as possible, out of the available letters. This series will adopt the idea, and will make twelve words from ‘Grateful’, as follows: Great, Grate, Rate, Late, Gruel, Raft, Graft, Fault, Tear, Gear, Fear, and Tuft. We will consider each one in turn.
As we read and study the Bible we can gain an understanding of the greatness of God through the characters and events that are recorded in it. In addition to this, as we continue the journey of faith within our churches and communities and those that we are close to, who are travelling The Way with us, we will have our own stories and testimonies as to how great God is and how great are his love, mercy, compassion for us.
Take a few moments to reflect on how you have seen God’s greatness in action recently (e.g. in your own life, or in a book, or in a sermon or podcast)
Now read the following three verses slowly, three times, and then choose one of them to ponder on for a few minutes. Turn your chosen verse over and over in your mind and listen to what God will share with you through it.
But may all who search for you be filled with joy and gladness in you. May those who love your salvation repeatedly shout, “God is great!
Psalm 70:4 (NLT)
For you are great and perform wonderful deeds. You alone are God.
Psalm 86:10 (NLT)
Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! Psalm 96:4 (NLT)