Saturday, January 1, 2011
This month’s Book of the Month excerpt is a little different; you get some fragments from a meditation on ribbons and bows–like the ones you may have received on Christmas gifts. This meditation invites you to use all your senses. Although this meditation isn’t in Kathy’s book, Savoring God: Praying With All Our Senses, the book does include about 30 other meditations based on daily objects such as a hand, a mirror, or an address book. Each meditation uses each of our senses to explore an everyday object, several Scripture passages which apply to the object, and information we take for granted about the object. Each meditation then invites you to respond to the rest of your life in light of this meditation. Here’s a short sample of this approach to prayer:
“What do you have that you did not receive? And if you received it, why do you boast as if it were not a gift?” - 1 Cor 4:7
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In most situations, giving a gift is an attempt to say the unsayable, to express oneself through an object, the thought that went into its choosing or making, and what the one receiving the gift means to the gift giver.
For a person of faith, all of life is a gift, filled with many signs of God’s goodness and love.
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God of all gifts in my life, thank you for the gift of life and for the many gifts I don’t recognize, including my health. Bless those who make and sell gifts, those celebrating birthdays or other holidays today, and all those talented with many gifts from You.
Please help me to take another look at all the gifts You give me; help me to even envision them with invisible bows and tags that say, “To you with great love,God.” Your love is truly the greatest gift I could ever imagine. Amen.
To learn more about this book, or to order a copy, click here: Savoring God