How many of you remember that simple little prayer. Many of us were taught it as children to say out loud as grace at mealtime. It was easy to remember and I can only speak for myself, but it often comes back to me. In fact, it ranks right up there in my childhood memory bank like the beautiful hymn, "Jesus Loves Me." Those simple words, however, have a much greater meaning than we might give to them and I thought this morning I would write about it. This wasn't my plan for today, but last night those words came into my mind after a dream and I have learned over the years that they come up for a reason.
God is indeed great, even if we so often fail to recognize it. Everything we see and have iss due to His creation and His goodness, whether it be the beauty of nature, the creature comforts we have or, of course, the food that we have to eat and the shelter that protects us. Most importantly there is life itself, for without His creation and the wonderful gift of life, we wouldn't even be here. He loves us and He wants us to live in a way that He approves of but, to make it even more valuable, he gives us the freedom to choose for ourselves. Free will means just that, and if we want to choose not to listen to Him and not to follow His wishes, we are, indeed, free to do just that. That comes with another but, and it's a big but, for if we choose to go off in a different direction, there are dire consequences that we may think we can avoid but, in the end, we can't. And if we choose His desired path and give ourselves to His guidance and His love and grace, the consequences are wondrous and heavenly.
So, why does God want us to choose His way to live by faith? It's really simple and it's because He made us, each one of us. And doesn't it make sense that the One who made us in His image would want us to live in His image? After all, His image is perfection and the only time He has shown it fully visibly in living form on earth was in the life of His Son, Jesus Christ, who was sent here to save us. Think about that. God sent us His only Son, Jesus, to ultimately die a horrible death to take away all of our sins and the sins of our world. He did so because He realized many times over that His created people needed something to help them along the way. And even after Jesus died and returned to heaven, Jesus knew and told the Father that even His presence wasn't enough, for since mankind was weak, earthly humans still needed help and, voila, Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit. And in addition to all of these wonderful factors that are available to us, He added the Holy Bible, written by His best discerning followers who put it in a book format to help us find our way down the pathway of Goodness and Light. It is truly amazing and that's why that little prayer is so important. God's daily bread is much more that food to nurture the body. It is also food to nurture our soul and keep us on the path to what should be the desired place for all mankind to strive for after this life is done.
Don't waste your times trying to see how much you can amass in money and material things and, instead, put your priority on preparing for life when this one is done. It will make you a much better person for the remainder of life on this earth, will give you peace and tranquility as you labor on in this secular world and it will ultimately place you at the table of God in glorious heaven above where life will be truly everlasting. You will be free of pain and suffering and spend eternity in the warmth and love of his grace. Eternity is forever and never forget that. And that, my friends, is what that little prayer says to me. Have a blessed day.