Tuesday, March 28, 2017
"You are my All and All" By Dennis L. Jernigan
You are my strength when I am weak
You are the treasure that I seek,
You are my all in all
. . .
When I fall down your pick me up;
When I am dry, you fill my cup.
You are my all in all
Word of Hope
Cups are the visual of our Lenten book study this year. Like the rest of my life, my supply of cups overflows. I had a display shelf for cups we had collected from vacations and cups people had given us. But that wall was removed in our remodeling process. I have several bins of our memory mugs that are now in the garage.
For years we never traveled without getting a mug to bring home as a souvenir. They bring great memories of our travels. Barb even started making cups from her pictures of our vacations! And as a gift for retirement, I received an oversize cup with a retirement poem. I used it every day for the first year of my retirement.
If we look at our lives as a "cup" or vessel that holds our spiritual joy, I feel just as blessed as I am with actual cups! I feel like the joy of my life and God 's love overflows my "cup" each day. My church family creates such a joyous group of people. I hope as this joy overflows my vessel I am spilling out into the world around me is God's love to those I meet.
When I think of emptying my cup, I reflect on people from my past. I had a friend years ago who practiced emptying out her life to have room for new blessings. One example was that she always gave away clothes from her closet before she went shopping. She said there wasn't room for clothes blessings if her closet was already full. She gave me clothes several times. We were both blessed!
I try to empty out by giving to others what I can. At Christmas, we had a party and asked our friends to bring items for blessing bags for those in need. I participate in bringing things for iCare. I try to always thank the people who don't get the glory like the gardeners and people who pick up trash at the Arboretum. I try to smile at people I meet and wish them a good day.
But you can't out give God! Try as I might, my cup may empty somewhat, but God fills if right back to the brim!
Precious God, giver of all good gifts;
I praise your name for constantly filling my soul with your goodness. May I always remember to thank you for your gifts and honor you throughout my life.