Daily Lectionary Readings for Year A
How do you say thank you to someone who saved your life? The sense of gratitude is as deep as it can be. Without their help and intervention, the course of your life would never be the same.
When I was a student at Vanderbilt Divinity School, my internship was in The Upper Room building. I worked at the General Board of Discipleship, Division on Worship. One afternoon in The Upper Room Chapel, my supervisor collapsed from a stroke. She could not speak or move. She was terrified. Someone had the sense to dial 911, and soon a paramedic was on the scene. He looked her in the eyes. He spoke to her in gentle tones. He assessed her needs and got her swiftly to the hospital. She recovered fully, not long afterward. And then she set out on a mission to find out who the paramedic was who saved her life. All she could remember was his eyes. She needed to say thank you. It was imperative to her that he knew the role he played during a terrifying moment.
Psalm 116 feels like discovering God was that paramedic who saved your life. How can I ever thank you enough? You have saved me. I will remember and honor you forever.
Has God lifted you when you have fallen? Has God saved your life and put you on a new path? Give God all the praise.
I remember when David Letterman came back on the air after his open-heart surgery. He called the entire medical team out and thanked them individually. Their skills and knowledge breathed into him new life. He would forever be grateful.
I will lift up the cup of salvation
and call on the name of the Lord,
I will pay my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people.
Take some time in prayer today. Give God thanks and praise for watching over your life.
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