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Giving Thanks

May 27, 2015
Photo by Marcel Eisma

Photo by Marcel Eisma

Theme: A Life Of Gratitude

Location: Edmonds ferry terminal

Psalm 107 may seem like an unusual choice for a Psalm of Thanksgiving. The song starts out with four stories of hardship and difficulty. The circumstances stripped the faithful of any self-reliance and created an utter dependence upon God. In this state of dependence, they found God’s faithfulness to be a source of complete confidence. In every instance, the song writer comes back to, “Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.” As today’s picture reminds us, God’s gracious presence is the unseen strength in our lives.

This picture is taken underneath the ferry pier in Edmonds. Just like these pillars are unseen when you board the ferry to Kingston, so are God’s works in our lives. They are the unseen blessings that keep us from drowning and allow us to board to ferry. The engineers who built the pier are unknown to most of us; while they have rendered a great service for us and we are blessed daily by their work, they do not know us by name. Unlike God, who knows each of us by name! And when we believe in Him, we become a pillar in His service, enabling others we may not know by name to be safe from the water and board the ferry to His Kingston… uh, Kingdom.

Questions: What unseen blessings are you thankful for in your life? How can you be a blessing to others who don’t even know you?

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  1. May 27, 2015 9:53 AM

    Thank you for such a strong visual reminder. I suspect I will neither walk along the Edmonds ferry shore or board the ferry without this reminder. Plus, you sent me to Psalm 107 and I was refreshed by the reading. The verses, 23-32, about sailing ships seemed suddenly relevant in light of your post. Thank you.

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