And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32
I inherited the picture of the dad praying with his family over the meal, from my grandmother. It always hung over her kitchen sink. It now hangs in my dining room. I always thought it looked like comfort, peace, unity, exactly the way the perfect home would look, even the hound dog at the little boy's feet. Just looking at the picture, I can smell the fresh baked bread on the table. And is that a bowl of fried chicken in the middle of the table? I'm thinking, when Dad and the boy came in from the field, they could smell the sweet aroma in the yard and a smile crossed their faces even then. Their hearts were drawn to the family they were working so hard to preserve. Dad said the blessing with all heads bowed, before one bite was taken. The family expressed their thankfulness in worship together.
Genesis 9:18-22; 10:13
When Noah and his family were able to get off the ark, the first thing they did was build an alter. They offered of every clean beast and every clean fowl. The Lord smelled the sweet savor of the meat offerings. It touched his heart that the ones he worked to preserve, now offered sweet smelling sacrifices together in family worship before they built houses, before they prepared a meal, before they did anything else.
We often see a rainbow after a rain. God put it there to remind us of the covenant between him and the earth. It's a promise. We take pictures, analyze the colors, and try to find the pot of gold, but do we remember to bow our heads and worship the Creator who has a covenant with the earth.
We are loved by the One who desires to preserve our very souls for all eternity.
Blessings for a week of worship,
God's rainbow is so amazing. Once, when I was on the Blue Ridge Parkway above the clouds, I looked down and saw a complete rainbow. A complete rainbow is a circle. A circle has no beginning and no end. God has no beginning and no end and His promises are true.
Have you noticed the order of the colors?
Red on top, followed by orange and yellow. Why?
Green beside yellow, followed by blue. Why?
Now there is indigo and purple. What would follow the purple? Why?
The pattern is starting over and the order never changes. God's ways never change.
God is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Think of ways you and your family can show thankfulness to Jesus this week for all the ways He takes care of you.