Good Sunday Morning,
Do you remember when Julie sang about “raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens; bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens; brown paper packages tied up with strings”; and told us that those were a few of her favorite things? This morning I thought it was about time that I shared with you, a few of my favorite things - Hugs from your family and a fresh pot of coffee; warm cuddly puppies and chocolate chip cookies; skis on my feet and a snow-covered hill . . . these are a few of my favorite things.
What about you? What are your favorite things? Before reading on, stop and think about a few of them; feel free to share those thoughts with someone nearby. When you get to tell people what you cherish, you’ll feel good, and when they realize that you are sharing something personal, they will feel special. Sounds like a win-win . . . and perhaps a way to create a new favorite thing.
Obviously, some of our favorite things have been out of reach for almost a year now, but many of them have not been. It’s those things that are within reach that we should focus on. In doing so, we can still enjoy our favorite things (or at least some of them).
You know, it is not just us that have favorite things; our God does too. And I’m willing to guess that he too focuses on those things that are within his reach. Are you wondering what that might be? Let me ease you into the answer . . . now, with few exceptions, for example, Mary, the mother of Jesus, to whom the angels said unto her, Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found favour with God (Luke 1:30) and, obviously Jesus, to whom God said to John the Baptist “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17), God generally does not have favorite people and God shows no partiality (Romans 2:11), but God does demonstrate favor. Stated differently, God's grace is completely unmerited, yet he extends it to all who will trust in Him. So, if God favors the faithful, and . . . you are one of the faithful . . . do you see where I’m going here??? . . . yea . . . tell me that that is not one of your favorite things.
So pour yourself a cup of coffee then sit back, relax . . . think of your favorite things and cherish them . . . and then take solace in knowing that the Lord has made this day; may you rejoice and be glad in it.
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P.P.S. I'm wondering, since the hills are alive with the Sound of Music . . . do you think we’ll talk about your favorite songs next Sunday morning . . .