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What can I give back to the Lord
    for all the good things he has done for me?

– Psalm 116:12 

Blessed.  There’s no other way to say it.  If you have met my family, you know how blessed I am.  I could be in better shape, but I have been blessed with good health so far in life.  I may not have Bill Gates kind of money, but I have been blessed with wealth.  I have been blessed by my vocation, and being able to provide for my family through it.  I have been blessed with amazing friends.  The Lord has provided mentors for me all along life’s journey.  I have been blessed with the companionship of pets who have been part of our family.  I’ve always been blessed with food, shelter, clothing, transportation.  I have always had all I’ve ever needed and then some.  I’m not just lucky, I’m blessed.

I believe God blesses us, not because we are great people, but because, well, God likes to provide.  

That’s why one of the names we use for The Lord is Providence.

After all that The Lord provides for us from the cradle to the grave, how could we ever repay that?  What can return to God or offer to The Lord?

The One who loves us so much that he would give us Jesus?  How do you repay someone for your life?

That’s the feeling King David puts out there for us in Psalm 116.  It’s the same emotion that Issac Watts conveys when he penned “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”:

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

All we have left to give is all that we are – our lives as the offering – knowing, believing, and trusting, that God will then use that offering – us – to provide for someone else.

Prayer:  Lord, after all that you have done for me, there isn’t anything I won’t do for you.  Help me appreciate all you have provided; inspire me again Lord, and use my life to provide for others – just like you did through Jesus.  Amen.