As I write this, I have just returned from an early morning walk at Lake Texoma. Later today, the clergy of the North Texas Conference will gather for the annual Clergy Retreat. As I walked, the sky was still dark, there was a crescent moon, and the stars shone so bright. As I prayed and entered a period of meditation, the words of the Psalmist formed that early morning time of prayer..
When I look at your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
The moon and the stars that
you have established;
What are human beings that you
are mindful of them,
Mortals that you care for them?
Yet you have made them a little
lower than God,
And crowned them with glory
I was deeply aware of God’s presence and God’s expectations of the human race. Personally, I was acutely aware of God’s expectations of me. Each one of us experiences times in our lives when the expectations seem too high and God’s presence too distant.
On those occasions, one might grasp any event, sighting or experience as a key to open the door to God’s rescue or to God’s diminished expectations. It will not happen.
This morning, I realized again that our God asks us to live more deeply by cultivating God’s presence and by confidently living up to the divine expectations. In the face of that, the words from my lips were, “Thank you, God.”
Thank you. Two simple words expressing dependence on our Creator God and confidence that God’s presence can sustain us.
With Thanksgiving approaching, we will be drawn once again to gratitude. I pray that gratitude becomes a lifestyle of relationship with God.
Bishop Michael McKee
North Texas Annual Conference