Thankfulness left again. It has come and gone many times. Arriving with anticipation or bursting in unannounced. It would stay a bit, or a little while, or for a time. It might linger, departing slowly with many hugs and speeches or steal away in the night without saying goodbye. With each leaving, an unsettling followed, like beggar finishing a fine meal with no promise of another.
Peter testified that he beliieved Jesus to be ‘the Christ, the Son of the living God.’. But when Jesus told the disciples what must happen to him, Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him. Jesus interrupted Peter’s rebuke with these words: “..you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” -Matthew 16:23b Peter saw the gift of Jesus as a deliverer for his people in his time rather than a sacrifice for all people for all time.
Gifts from God, noticed, are like more like love letters found than gifts presented. We look for gifts that have longevity, worth, esteem, or usefulness. A baby bird in your hands has none of these. When considering not just the bird, but the miracle of life in God’s creation, we are amazed by the gifts of God’s grace, goodness, and mercy.
God promises beggars like us many meals. In Christ Jesus, we have the bread of life, the true vine, and the living water. Have in mind the things of God and welcome thankfulness as a constant companion.