March 6, 2021
Lenten Weekday
Simple Gifts
Bless the LORD, O my soul;
and forget not all his benefits.
Psalm 103:2

One day our family joined hands and bowed heads as usual, intending to bless the Lord and his gifts of food. As we did, our youngest daughter—not quite two years old—asked to lead.

For a protracted moment, her straw-colored bangs hung over her rosy cheeks while she stared at our clasped hands. In a suddenly exuberant voice—loud enough for the entire heavenly host to hear—she prayed words she could barely pronounce, “Tank you, God, for…INGERS! Daddy’s ingers, brudder’s ingers, sissy’s ingers, mommy’s ingers. A-men!!” Our teenagers chuckled at her cute attempt to say fingers. We exchanged satisfied smiles with one another.

That day, her childlike wonder reminded us of countless gifts we often take for granted. Even now as I use my hands to type, I realize how precious these fingers are. How about you? What simple gifts are hiding in plain sight that you don’t want to forget?

Bless you, Lord, and all your gifts!

- Kathleen Swartz McQuaig

Micah 7:14-15, 18-20 • Psalm 103:1-4, 9-12 Luke 15:1-3, 11-32
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