The worship anthem of my 8th grade youth group is still sung at my current church. The hit song by Matt Redman, Better is One Day, belts from the souls of my students every few months. Together, we sing of days where we will sit in the courts of God, that in our every day we would search for the Lord’s beauty.
We’re a week and a half into our intentional journey of seeking God. We’ve added, we’ve subtracted, we’ve acknowledged the desert places and the oasis in our lives.
Psalm 27 verse 4 says, “I have asked one thing from the Lord – it’s all I seek – to live in the Lord’s house all the days of my life, seeing the Lord’s beauty and constantly adoring his temple.”
Where is the Lord’s beauty around you today?
Last year during Lent, I was struggling to be more mindful and more aware of the things of God around me and in me. My mentor challenged me to be more attentive by naming the blessings every time I saw them. In my head, I would repeat the Hebrew prayer “Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu, melekh ha’olam…” which means “Blessed are you, Lord our God, Creator/King of the Universe…” and then finish it off with “and creator of puppy snuggles” or “who created Trouble Kid and brought him into the doors of the church.”
I found myself giving thanks more intentionally and being connected to God in a way I hadn’t been in a long time. The gratitude written about in the Psalms flows from my heart like a river when I engage in this practice.
How have you been engaging in gratitude to God this Lent?
Through mindful practices, be aware of God’s beauty around you. Be reconciled through your thanksgiving to the Creator of the universe today and every day.