Do not say to yourself, “My power and the might of my own hand have gotten me this wealth.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, so that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your ancestors, as he is doing today.
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But it is so easy to forget. Afterall, it is MY hard work. It is MY fatigue. It is MY to-do list. It is MY embarrassment when I let something or someone fall through the cracks. It is MY family. It is MY strategizing. It is MY diplomacy. It is MY juggling of impossible schedules. It is MY creativity. We all feel justified in making a good case for "I worked for what I have so what I have is mine." In the midst of claiming what is ours, we keep forgetting what has always been a gift - God choosing to have a relationship with us. The greatest riches of all are not in what we earn or own but in the one who owns us, claims us as family and has never broken that promise. Inspite of our best efforts to draw our world in a small circle around our own work, possessions and family, God keeps expanding the circle so that we will never find ourselves outside of it.
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Lord God, forgive us our short-sightedness. Amen.
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
Writer, poet, artist, human, citizen, learner, scruffy, goof.
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