God-given life, the precious gift

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You will make known to me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.
(Psalm 16:11)
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God-given life, the precious gift. We open the gift with a cry as we enter this world, unaware of its value. The baby must have needs met to live, crying to let someone know. As children, our carefree laughter in play accepts the gift of life as one to experience with curiosity and the assumption that tomorrow will open yet another day to play and discover. The teen, emotional and uncertain about the life he sees, questions its meaning for him personally, trying to understand his place in this life and if he even has one. The young adult with a new family struggles with the reality of life as work and debt but, also, sees the promise of life continuing through children. The middle-aged couple wistfully look back at youth and promise–how their lives might have been different-but holding hands, move forward to the days ahead. A new retiree may have a difficult time finding purpose to continue in life– or he may look at life as a chance to begin anew, opening the gift each day with anticipation.

During the stages of everyone’s existence in this world, the gift of life is one that most want to open with each sunrise. We will seek God’s strength and wisdom to help us endure trials, find medical help to sustain our daily existence, connect with people like ourselves who will encourage us to keep going, read books to see how others cope with similar problems, and even take treatments that are toxic to our bodies with the hope of more sunrises–to open and reopen God’s gift of life again and again.

“For You created my inmost being;
You knit me together
In my mother’s womb;
I PRAISE YOU
Because I am fearfully
And wonderfully made.
Your works are wonderful.
I know that full well.”
(Psalm 139:13-14)

Let us, like David, “know full well” that God’s works are “wonderfully made.” The life He breathed into us can be no less. We honor Him by living our lives for Him, looking forward to each sunrise, the gift of God-given life continuing.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 01/22/17) teacherforjesus.com Meditations on God’s Word

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