MY HUSBAND and I gather with friends once a month for spiritual challenge and support, all of us sharing what we find helpful (or not) in our attempt to grow closer to God. One friend, retired pastor Wayne Anderson, told us of a practice he employs, which he calls “rummaging for God” in the events of the day. Each night as he lies in bed awaiting sleep, he sifts through the day’s encounters with people, the glimpess of nature, the work he has done. He tries to discover where God has shown through, where the Spirit’s action in events had gone unnoticed at the time. He says he usually finds so many that he falls aleep before he recalls them all! …
Looking for evidence of God’s activity in our lives has the power to transform our attitude from disappointment with self to ever-growing gratitude toward God, who is intimately involved with us. …
With this awareness of God’s activity will come a spirit of joyful anticipation and a sense of profound gratitude for all of life. Gratitude cannot help but flow into thankfulness and then into praise. Rummaging for God will emerge into a life lived to the praise of God’s glory.
- Jane Marie Thibault and Richard L. Morgan
Pilgrimage into the Last Third of LIfe
From pages 50-51 of Pilgrimage into the Last Third of Life: 7 Gateways to Spiritual Growth by Jane Marie Thibault and Richard L. Morgan. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
End your day by “rummaging for God.” Share your thoughts.
How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
Pslam 36:7, NRSV
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This week we remember Anthony of Egypt (January 11).
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