Creative Work

Living in God’s Presence

Jennifer Osborne, 21

Dear Lord,
Thank you
for wet grass,
for sweet chocolate,
for cool wind.
Thank you
for inside jokes,
for finished homework,
for dinner with friends.
Thank you
for allowing me to ask questions,
for forgiving me when I doubt you,
for grace every time I make a mistake.
Thank you
for Jesus, who came to earth
so that I can live fully,
laughing so hard my sides hurt,
singing so loud I can almost hear myself
over blasting music.
Thank you
for all the little things
I take for granted.
Help me today
to live into the joy
for which you created me.
Teach me to appreciate
the color of an apple,
the five extra minutes of morning sleep.
Change me
so that I look at each small piece
of this crazy life
as a miracle.
Show me how
to live in your presence
with thanksgiving.

—from devozine (November/December 2014). Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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