The Chambered Nautilus
"Deep calls to deep..." Psalm 42:7
...uncurling and growing into the wonderful grace of God.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
So then, just as you received Christ
Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him,
strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thanksgiving.
2:6-7 The Message
My counsel for you is simple and
straightforward: Just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ
Jesus, the Master; now live him. You’re deeply rooted in him. You’re well-constructed
upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught.
School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into
Eight Days until
Thanksgiving. Do you have these days
counted out and counted down? My guess is not. I didn’t until today.
national holiday was once a major event in the United States, but now is often overlooked
and neglected and relegated as the interim between Halloween and Christmas. It
seems to be a token holiday, an archaic tradition that no longer seems quite
relevant. Let’s eat turkey, watch football and fall asleep on the couch.
Let me make
something crystal clear right now. I have NO problem with eating turkey (it’s
not my favorite, but there’s always other options), I have no issue with
watching football (it’s not even on my radar, but it is on my son-in-law’s and
for him I’ll try to figure out what it means to be on the something-something
yard line), and I most certainly do not have a problem with napping on the
couch (especially if I am tucked into my husband’s side under a fleece throw
and my own eyes are closing).
are clear that I am not bashing some of the “sacred” traditions of
are by-products of a holiday meant to help people, a nation, to remember. This holiday was a holy day
set aside to help us revisit the struggles and provisions of the year past.
Thanksgiving is not just a day in November; it should be a statement in our
lives. Thanksgiving Day should be a day to celebrate what we have been doing
all year—living out thanksgiving for the blessings, the provision, the comfort,
the care we have received.
My guess is
you will read and hear a great deal about being thankful over the next eight
days. You will be coerced and shamed into expecting more out of November 28,
2013 than turkey, stuffing, sweet potato casserole and (God forbid) an uninterrupted
nap on the couch.
For the next
seven days I want to remember.
In Scripture this word does not simply mean to call to mind. This remembering is a
call to action based on your remembrances.Remember me in prayer many of
our older generation asked. Don’t just call me to mind, but pray for me. Ask
the Father on my behalf. Intercede for me. Many times I have had friends who
have traveled across the ocean. When they did I asked them to remember me—to shout
my name at the shore. Or to stand on the Ephesian soil and bring me a stone so
I might add it to my own cairn here at home. These friends have remembered me. Returning from their sojourns
they come and see me and tell me they whispered my name, prayed for me or
brought me something. I was remembered.
In the next
seven days I want to remember what my sweet God has done for me. What he has
provided. What he has given. What he has bestowed. What he has poured out so
me. Ann Voskamp has paved the way for us with her beautiful book: One Thousand Gifts. If you haven’t read
it I’m sorry. Thanksgiving is the under breath of Ann’s life. She encourages
all of us to understand that everything can be filtered through giving thanks. Everything.
And when we give thanks, when we choose to be grateful, our hearts fill to the
Once we see
three things to be thankful for we begin to see thirty.
For the next
seven days I want you to experience the spill over of God’s abundant grace. As I
share my spill over, perhaps you will see and recognize your own.
today.Today’s remembrances are a
list.A list of ten.
Ten things I
am thankful for today.
1.Blueberries and pomegranate mixed in
my morning yogurt.
2.Henry (our dog) being so patient with
4.Ice in my water.
5.Thursday night date with my oldest
and youngest daughters—and the three tickets for the premiere of the movie we
will see at midnight.
6.My daughter asking me to make her a
grilled cheese sandwich for lunch.
7.The scent of Granddaddy’s bread
baking in our kitchen.