A Gift of God

We had just finished practicing for the service. I grabbed my makeup bag and hurried to the bathroom.

I broke a fingernail during practice and already accidentally scratched my face. I trimmed the nail and filed it smooth.

Then I got out my lip butter. It’s a creamy pot of a deep wine color. Sara and Linda were in the bathroom and I explained…

“My lip cracked. I’m camouflaging it in case it bleeds.”

I visited with Sara as I strolled back to the sanctuary. Opening the door, I saw there were less than 2 minutes before the service.

I missed prayer before the service. (Yikes!)

And I was almost late to start. (Sigh.)

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After playing, I caught up with my son, the worship leader. I apologized for missing prayer.

Numbers 18:7, “But only you and your sons may serve as priests, working around the altar and inside the curtain. The work of the priesthood is my exclusive gift to you; it cannot be delegated…” The Message

“I have to punish you,” he joked. “You cannot play on Wednesday night.”

(There’s no service on Wednesday night. We have a special Thanksgiving service on Tuesday night.)

I acted shocked. Doesn’t he know I’m a gift from God? (Just kidding.)

Numbers 18:6, “I’m giving them to you as a gift, a gift from God, to help with the work of the Tent of Meeting.” The Message

Would we treat workers differently if we truly saw them as a gift of God? Each worker is a gift. Have you thanked the Ushers? Board Members? Children’s Workers? Nursery Attendants? Sound men?

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When You Look at These Tassels You’ll Remember

I was just drifting off to sleep Sunday night when David asked…

“When do we thaw the turkey?”

“Sunday!”

I jumped out of bed. The turkey platter was under the dishwasher. (Long story. Don’t ask.) It kept slipping into the lip of the dishwasher when I tried to slide it out. I yelled for David.

I stuck a knife between the platter and the lip of the dishwasher. It took both of us to get it out. I put the wrapped turkey on it to thaw in the bottom of the refrigerator.

Yep, the “Fishel Thanksgiving” is right on schedule.

I can almost hear the smoke detector going off.

Good thing David put fresh batteries in them on Saturday.

It’s not that I didn’t have reminders. I wrote it down. I guess I should have pinned the reminder to my shirt.

Numbers 15:39, “When you look at these tassels you’ll remember and keep all the commandments of God, and not get distracted by everything you feel or see…” The Message

Yes, I get distracted. I’m grateful for God’s patience. I’m glad he extends the same grace to the Gentile as well as the Jew.

Numbers 15:15, “…You and the foreigner are the same before God.” The Message

Is your turkey thawing? Is there something you forget every Thanksgiving?

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