Friday, April 05, 2019

Emans: the borrowers

Friday, April 5, 2019
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
Worship the LORD with gladness;
    come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the LORD is God.
    It is he who made us, and we are his;
    we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
    —Psalm 100:1-3 (NIV)
With what presumption have we dared to voice
“Thank You for home (although we hold the deed),
Our acre, trees, and flowers (ours by choice),
Our faithful dog and cat (though it’s agreed
No one can own the latter), each good book
(A gift, or purchased), all else we foresaw
That we should cherish, and have made to look
Ours by possession (nine points of the law).”

With what presumption have we called them ours,
And even felt unselfish when we shared them—
When, if the truth be known, they have been Yours
From the beginning, Lord! You have prepared them
For us to borrow, using as our own:
So thank You, Father, for this generous loan.
    ... Elaine V. Emans
    See also Ps. 100:1-3; Job 41:11; Ps. 35:18; 50:14; 136:1-3; John 6:11; 2 Cor. 9:11; Eph. 5:20; 1 Thess. 5:18; 1 Tim. 4:4-5
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant us more grateful hearts.

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