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Doxological Moments

 
We sing a song every week called the doxology as we bring forward our offering. Doxology means praise of God.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise God all creatures here below
Praise God above ye heavenly host
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost! Amen.
We give to God as part of our praise and gratefulness to God. Desiring to become more like our generous God.
 
Years ago, retired pastor Rev. David Rodriguez preached about doxological moments. Doxological moments are times in our lives when we burst out with thanks to God. Our hearts are warm and overflowing. We may want to hug everyone. We can’t help smiling. Maybe tearing up with emotion. Have you had those moments? I think we all have. The birth of children, news that someone who was sick is well, seeing a long time friend after years apart, a long awaited dream fulfilled, an unexpected blessing or generosity or awareness can call forth such joy! These are precious holy, holy moments of God’s presence we should always hold on to.
 
Sometimes we need to remember and re-experience these doxological moments to help us give thanks and be open to where God is now. In this unsettled and challenging time, we cannot always see God. Yes, there is much that we have lost and are heartbroken over. And God is still with us and there is much to be thankful for.
 
Like the Israelites wandering in the desert, God fed them and cared for them daily leading them to their new home and life. We have clean water, plenty of food, safe homes, clean air, clothes and people who care for us and we care about. While we often focus on the things of life to make us happy, it is the relationships of life that truly can make a difference. Relationships with God and with people. Offering kindness and sacrifice for others and they for us, revealing and becoming like our Lord Jesus.
 
I give thanks for the community here at CUMC. We need each other more than ever. Reach out to one another with gentleness, love, and humility in times of plenty and times of need to offer and receive care. Build community by getting to know those you don’t know as well. Please call the office or let me know of prayer requests and opportunities to visit and pray. These are holy times to welcome Jesus together. Let us not miss them!
 
And who can we offer care to in our community and the world that are in need of hope and resources? God is here, guiding us with faith and offering hope in our mighty Lord. Let us be trust God in our small steps that the Lord might use it for something greater!

Blessings,
Pastor Anne