The Giver

The Gift and the Giver

 We ask for a piece of sand
and he gives us a beach.

We ask for a drop of water
and he gives us an ocean.

We ask for time
and he gives us life eternal.

And it is so easy for us
to fall in love with the gift
and forget the giver.

Edward Farrell in the poem/prayer above reminds me that life is a gift to be savored.   There is so much to be grateful for.  Earlier this week I walked with a friend on his property overlooking the beautiful McKenzie River.

Our day was kissed by the first 80 degree temperature of the Spring.  As a result everything was in bloom and the scent of rhododendrons filled the air.  One particular Rhody was fire-red and I felt like Moses approaching the burning bush.  Truly we were walking on holy ground.

And it is so easy for us
to fall in love with the gift
and forget the giver.

  Indeed life is a gift to be savored.  Yet the gift becomes sweeter as I remember the source of the gift.  As I give voice to the doxology first written by Thomas Ken in 1674 and sung in the church of my youth, ‘Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow’.        

May I not forget the giver.

 

2 thoughts on “The Giver

  1. One can only stand speechless before the God of beauty. Thanks for this, Kent. I’m preaching on this very passage this coming Sunday and hope against hope that such a time of speechlessness doesn’t strike me then!

    Oh, and it was very sweet of you to take Calum out for lunch this past weekend. I’m sorry to have missed you. Alas, it must be another time.

    Shalom, R

    1. Rob, good luck with that sermon! You have the mystic in you which will serve you well in crafting the sermon. It was a real pleasure to spend time with Calum. We sat in his car and listened to one of the tracks that he’s produced….amazing. I was touched that Calum took the time to stop by and reconnect and it was perfect timing. All the best to you and your family.

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