It is a special Multitudes on Monday here in the United States. Today is Independence Day for us and as I pondered that fact, I was puzzled by the word revolution as in Revolutionary War. I looked it up in the dictionary and found the meaning that was puzzling me “the act of circling around a center”. As I read further, however, there was a special definition when the word concerns governments or social systems. In this case it means, “the act of one government or social system completely replacing the other”. Now, that made sense to me! As I thought about revolutionary, I was struck with the fact that giving thanks for everything is revolutionary. Gratitude brings the Kingdom of God into a situation and completely replaces the dominion of darkness. As a result, the thankful person experiences their own personal Independence Day, independence from fear, worry, hatred, bitterness, and depression. What better reason to give thanks than this so today I thank God for
#201 my forefathers who gave so much that I might experience on earth a bit of the freedom of heaven.
#202 a new outlook on suffering. In my age bracket (the 60-somethings) there can be a lot of pain, suffering and awakening to what, on the surface, appears to be a series of losses until one is called Home. To see these as chances to grow exponentially and, therefore, times to be thankful has been truly a blessing. I don’t try to get through them just to get relief, but, instead look for the lesson in the journey and choose to be sensitive to God in the midst of it all. So when the varicose veins in my legs throb, I praise Him.
#203 young people and strong older people who come alongside the weaker instead of criticizing them or mocking them.
#205 every time I meet with opposition, I get another opportunity to die to self. This is a big one for me. I am prideful. If I get hurt a little less every time, I count that as gain. A dead person can not get hurt.
#207 my dog, Sebastian, gets enjoyment out of every day even though he can not hear, has deep cataracts and forgets where he is sometimes. In the morning when I take him to his familiar path to run freely, he runs like a puppy. It makes me smile and clap my hands when he comes running up for a hug.
#208 that you came by today to celebrate Independence Day. Without you, I would have no reason to post this. I would probably have a private journal instead, but I would be so much poorer if that were the case. When you visit me and I, in turn, can visit you and see what you are thankful for, our combined praises fill the heavenlies and that unleashed power changes the world by changing us. Now that is change you can believe in!
Just one of the Multitude,