The United Methodist Church of Enfield
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.
October 22, 2020
To all God’s beloved in Enfield and beyond,
I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise (Psalm 138:1)
When the speaker in Psalm 138 proclaims “I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart”, they mean that they are thanking God from the center of their being with everything they have – nothing is held back.  Every single beat of the heart and breath of their lungs is focused on praising God.
No matter what they experience in life, no matter how challenging life gets for them, they trust with their whole heart that God is with them.  It can be oh so easy when life becomes challenging to think something like this: smooth life = God is with us; chaotic life = God is not with us.
The psalmist knows this is the myth of the even-keel – that our life with God will always be smooth sailing.  Listen to how the psalmist acknowledges the presence of challenge in their life, and how they trust in God’s presence through it all: “7Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies; you stretch out your hand, and your right hand delivers me.”
Our response to God’s reliability is to constantly worship God, of worshiping God with our whole heart.  What does that look like any way?  To worship God constantly with our whole heart?
Take, for example, Brother Lawrence, a 17th century monk, who lived in France. At different times in his life, he worked in the gardens pulling weeds, in the kitchens scrubbing pots, and as a shoemaker repairing the sandals of the monks. Throughout his life, Brother Lawrence thought all he did, no matter how ordinary the task might be, could be done in God’s name.
“The time of business does not with me differ from the time of prayer…
We can do little things for God; I turn the cake that is frying on the pan for love of him, and that done, if there is nothing else to call me, I prostrate myself in worship before him, who has given me grace to work; afterwards I rise happier than a king. It is enough for me to pick up but a straw from the ground for the love of God.”
Regardless of when or how or where we worship, only one thing really matters – that we give thanks to the Lord with our whole hearts. 
Peace & grace,
Pastor Janet