The next question
to consider during this Virtual Retreat:
you eating all right?
I'm not talking
about nutrition, although I will say it helps to eat the right foods.
But enough people tell you that today. Like sleeping, eating has its
When Jesus took
bread, "he said the blessing," the New Testament says. He thanked God,
not just for the food before him, but for every gift connected to it.
A litany of created things - earth, water, the slow turn of day to night,
the life-giving sun, and a procession of people- produced that nourishing
gift. Jesus thanked God for all, when he took the bread.
Do you thank God
for all? Are you thankful for the life you have? the world around you?
When the writer,
C.S.Lewis, began to think seriously about his faith, he wondered why
so many prayers. especially the psalms, were prayers of thanks and praise.
Here's what he discovered:
had never noticed that all enjoyment spontaneously overflows into
praise unless (sometimes even if) shyness or the fear of boring others
is deliberately brought in to check it. The world rings with praise-
lovers praising their beloved, readers their favorite poet, walkers
praising the countryside, players praising their favorite games- praise
of weather, wines, dishes, actors, motors, horses, colleges, countries,
historical personages children,flowers, mountains, rare stamps, rare
beetles, even sometimes politicians and scholars.
had not noticed how the humblest, and at the same time the most balanced
and capacious minds praised most, while the cranks, misfits and malcontents
praised least. The good critics found something to praise in many
imperfect works; the bad ones continually narrowed the list of books
we might be allowed to read. The healthy and unaffected man, even
if luxuriously brought up on good cooking, could praise a very modest
meal: the snob found fault in all...
not noticed either that just as men spontaneously praise what they
value, so they spontaneously urge us to join them in praising it:
"Isn't she lovely? Wasn't it glorious? Don't you think that was magnificent.?
psalmist in telling everyone to praise God is doing what all do when
they speak of what they care about. My whole, more general difficulty
about the praise of God depended on my absurdly denying to us, as
regards the supremely Valuable, what we delight to do, what indeed
we can't help doing, about everything else we value." C.S.Lewis,
Praying the Psalms
It is good to give
thanks and praise. The simple act of giving
thanks before a meal calls us to thank God and all the world for
the gift of life.
you happy here?
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