October 09, 2004

Thinking about Colossians 4:2-6

Thinking about Colossians 4:2-6

I’ve been thinking about Colossians 4:2-6,
in prep for Steve’s sermon.

I like the fact that Paul lumps prayer and thanksgiving together:
I think that’s an excellent and fundamental essential – praying with thankfulness

…So when you’re praying
cos you think something needs fixing,
the thankfulness bit helps you remember the good stuff,
and not get totally depressed and not be totally down on things…

However, it’s not always easy to pray with thankfulness.
I think back to some of my dark-days
and I think, “Did I?”
and really it’s hard to remember.

But I think I did.
I remember peace and thankfulness for life
and hope for more life
going with me and my burst appendix into the operating theatre.
I remember thanking God
for my wee friends Sam and (later) Jackson
who saw me through dark infertility-days.
And I remember writing a poem
remembering the good stuff of someone very close
diagnosed with breast cancer for the third time.

So I think there is that sense of thankfulness
in the rough as well as the smooth…

So maybe I am in a position to say
Pray, with thankfulness
Being glad of the snatches of sunlight
dappling through the shaded tress
Pray, with thankfulness
Dancing in the delicious sunlight
Pray, with thankfulness
Even when it’s dark
… see if you can remember the feel on the sunlight on your back
and let others warm you, at least for a time.

Posted by Lynne Taylor at 10:00 PM

That was very thought provoking. Yes it is hard to be thankful in the dark places. But so often aren’t the darkest times followed by some beautiful patches of sunshine shining through the tears and the rain followed by a rainbow just to remind us of our heavenly Father’s love just when we are starting to forget. My wee baby is certainly my rainbow and I can almost say THANKS to God for my pain last year because without it I would not have her. Thanks Lynne for reminding me to be thankful ALWAYS!

Posted by: Karen at October 10, 2004 2:29 pm

Thank you, God, for blogs.
This post reminded me of the shining, contagious joy my friend finds in You. What a blessing in the middle of a busy working day!

Posted by: kelli at October 11, 2004 12:31 pm

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