May 23, 2010
Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. Psalm 100:4
Driving along the Mississippi the other day, I saw two eagles in the sky.
They were flying in glorious circles, descending and ascending again.
Now I am hardly an expert on eagle behavior, but it didn't seem as if they were hunting. Indeed, it didn't appear that they were in any rush to look for or do anything. They didn't even seem to be headed anywhere in particular.
They were simply doing what eagles do best; they were enjoying their wings and the sky which God had given them.
I wonder how many of God's people might not do well to take some time to follow the example of those eagles.
God has, through the sacrifice of His Son, given us forgiveness from the sins which had once weighed us down. By God-given grace the Holy Spirit lets us soar above the mundane worries and concerns of this earth.
He has planted joy in our hearts and the ability to appreciate His bountiful gifts.
So, if you are able, and especially if you are not able, take some time and do what God has designed you to do best: praise Him and enjoy the day.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear Father, I do praise and thank You for the Savior who has forgiven my sins. Truly, You are a God of love. Now may I enjoy the blessings which have been given to me and praise You for Your manifold blessings which brighten my days and bring peace to my life. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries