Giving thanks for the small things in life

A new day has come just as it always has since the beginning. This is as mundane an event as any, and yet witnessing a sunrise never fails to evoke awe in one who stops to enjoy the splendor of the created world for a moment. What a marvelous Lord we worship who has made all things visible and invisible! God brings everything into being and sustains it, upholding His creation in the course which He has ordained for it. Indeed, we have a world perfectly suited for our habitation, a world filled with natural wonders and irreplaceable beauty. The book of creation is wide open before our eyes and we read it daily.

Although our life in this world is a difficult path, a trail of tears, and often filled with suffering, yet there remains great joy and beauty in this life which God has provided for his people to enjoy. It is so easy to lose sight of this fact, thus it is good on occasion to reflect on the marvelous world in which we live, which even in its fallen state, exemplifies the craftsmanship of the creator. We inhabit a majestic and beautiful world, one in which “the heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork” (Ps. 19:1.) Through His creation the Lord gives us a bounty of good things to enjoy. Indeed the simplest and most mundane things of life that we so often overlook, these too are a blessing from our creator. It is these little details of life, these minute aspects of reality that make our daily existence so rich. We owe our Lord a debt of gratitude even for these things. The Christian life is one of constant thanksgiving, and so it is good to remember to thank God for these little things as well. In doing so we may gain a greater appreciation for the ample blessings which God lavishes upon us in this life. Such blessings are a wonderful foretaste of our inheritance to come in the new heavens and new earth.  This is the day that the Lord has made, let’s rejoice and be glad in it.

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