Open Our Eyes and See

Open Our Eyes and See

I wish I were better at celebration.

That very statement is part of the problem.  I’m always aware of what I need to improve, what could be just a little bit better.  I’m thankful…but I can always see ways an event or process or even, sad to say, a person could be developed into something even better!  Thanksgiving was a fun celebration but next year I’m going to cook the turkey in parchment paper (it was a bit dry) and try that new dessert recipe I found in the paper and….Pretty soon my gratitude and CELEBRATION are lost in the midst of my efforts to improve and maximize.

One of the first books of the Bible that I studied soon after I became a Christian in high school was Philippians.  I have always loved Phil. 4.4:  “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!”  We are commanded to rejoice – to celebrate!  And the verses after that teach us the ingredients of a joy-filled, celebrating heart:  don’t be anxious, pray about everything with thanksgiving, and then this wise verse:  “…whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

God has filled this world with ideas that are true, people who are honorable, events that contribute to God’s justice. Rather than concentrate on what needs to be improved, what is missing, what is not quite perfect, let’s focus on the many pure, lovely, commendable and excellent people and things. Lots to celebrate if we just open our eyes and see! May your Christmas season be filled with celebration for God’s greatest gift of all – Jesus!


Judie Ritchie
Associate Pastor