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Please read I Corinthians 1:1-9 in your Bible.
It's on video. We captured it to treasure for a lifetime. It was early on Christmas morning-very early. My wife grabbed the camera first; so the tape shows the kids and me in our pajamas not yet groomed for the day. My hair and my seven-year-old son's hair are sticking up. It's very attractive. We have been opening presents for some time. Paper is scattered over the floor. Presents are stacked neatly. I tell my son to close his eyes and I go downstairs to get the final to-big-to-wrap present from his grandparents. I return and he has his hands over his eyes with a slight smile at his lips. I push a button and the siren sounds. His hands fly off his eyes.
The expression on his face is priceless. Even now tears come to my eyes as I think of it. My writing cannot capture it. As he gazes on his new fire engine, he has an expression of amazement, pleasure, and joy. "Oh!" he exclaims and exhales as he reaches for the gift. No "thank you" was necessary. You could see it in his face and in the reaching. This is a precious memory for which I give God thanks.
When I am presiding at communion, I look up during the Words of Institution - during the time when I lift the bread and the wine and say the words that Jesus said; "This is my body This is my blood" I look up, see the faces of those gathered, and (I tell you the truth.) I can see the faith. I can see their faith as they anticipate receiving the gift that will strengthen and renew that faith. It is almost as tangible as seeing the words before me now. I can see their faith and I am thankful. I am thankful that God has given me such a wonderful privilege to serve these saints gathered eagerly awaiting the gift God has prepared for them. I am thankful that God has called me to this place in Pittsburgh where I can encounter people on their spiritual journey and listen to their astounding stories of faith. I am thankful that I can proclaim God's Good News to all of you who read my meager offerings. Thank you for coming along with me. You are a precious gift to me for which I give God thanks.
Pray that God will open your eyes to all the good gifts that God has given you in family, friends, and love. Pray that God will give you the faith to make them precious to you. Have a happy Thanksgiving!