Pastor’s Blog September 22, 2013

Published on Sep 23rd, 2013 by Jasbir | 0

Gratuitously

I am by no means a word smith, it is not one of my gifts. Either is spelling, writing, or anything to do with sentence structure. You would never ask me to be an advocate for an English class teaching the above. Nor would you want to be a person who is to edit my work. I would drive you nuts!!! (I already am!)

There are so many times that I wish I had the right words to express what I am thinking, how I am feeling, what I am dealing with, but alas, I still use words like, great, sad, lonely, ok….you get the drift.

Where I do find wonderful words, is in my reading… I do love to read. I read continually. I usually have 5 books that I am in the middle of, all on different topics, authors and genres (big word for me). I love my iphone and ipad that I can now carry 100’s of books with me wherever I go! And now I am hooked on audio books and listen to them while driving in my car. Who knew!!!

Some of my favorite books are my devotional books. What I love about having them on my iphone and/or ipad is that they are always with me. I have no excuse for not reading and studying everyday. But what is really cool is that when I am reading any book on my iphone or ipad and I come across a word I don’t understand, or not sure why they used it for a particular reason, all I have to do is click on it and the definition will come up!! Who knew!!

Today I read these words from a devotional written by Richard Rohr, “I am not preoccupied with collecting more goods and services; quite simply, my desire and effort–every day–is to pay back, to give back to the world a bit of what I have received. I now realize that I have been gratuitously given to–from the universe, from society, and from God. I try now, as Elizabeth Seton said, “to live simply so that others can simply live.” Wooo…good stuff here.

Gratuitously! What a great word! Unwarranted, uncalled for, given or done free of charge (that is what the definition said when I clicked on the word!!!) Not just a great word, but a great feeling. To know that I have been gratuitously given to by our God is, I don’t even know how to explain it, it is amazing. Every day, in every way God continues to love and give over and over and over. And what should my response be…to give back.

Can I be as gratuitous as God? (I used it in a sentence!!!) It is my goal. Thank you God, you are amazing! Thank you that you accept us as we are. Not who we think we need to be (or say).

Pastor Anne Rex (anne NULL.e NULL.rex null@null hotmail NULL.com)

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