Pondering grace and giving thanks on a beautiful, messy Monday…

It’s a Monday. How often do we say it?

  • The weekend is over.
  • It’s back to work or school.
  • Back to the daily grind.

Even for those who work from home or go to school online, it’s a Monday. Anything that can go wrong usually does goes wrong – on a Monday. Even when it’s not Monday, if something goes wrong we say, “I’m having a Monday.”

Today, here in our part of the world…

…it’s a Messy Monday of icy roads and a dusting of snow on top. Potentially dangerous conditions in this part of the country where people are not adept at driving on such stuff. So, school gets cancelled and many stay home from work.

Before the afternoon is over, half of those people make their way to the shopping malls and movie theaters – because they have the day off – to stay in where it’s safe and warm.

Today, in other parts of the world, this Monday is filled with those grieving the loss of sons, husbands, fathers, friends…

The consensus in the Church on this terribly Messy Monday is that these precious ones, our brothers in the faith, overcame because of the blood of the Lamb, and because of the word of their testimony; and they loved not their life even unto death.” (Rev. 12.11 ASV) Jesus help us. The messy end of days is here, and not just on a Monday. Come quickly, Lord.

A Messy Monday – can it be beautiful and grace-filled when life seems against us and good people have life taken from them because of faith? What, you say, about a Monday like this is worth waking up to? Is there anything there worth giving thanks for?

I think we can say, “Yes.” Lord, let us say, “Yes.”

May we somehow find a way to count this day and every Monday a day worth living. In One Thousand Gifts, Ann Voskamp writes, “Jesus took the bread and saw it as grace and gave thanks. He took the bread and knew it to be gift and gave thanks.” Ahhh…this book. It has wrung me inside out. I thought I was a grateful, thankful woman. Voskamp’s insight has blown up my efforts. It’s in the grace. It’s in the gift.

How do we stop dreading our Monday’s?

First, we must accept grace. How do we begin to view Monday not as the most dreaded day, but as another day to serve Him?

We must give thanks – in the lovely and the mundane – in the everyday stuff. Even in our trials and the costly things…grace...thanks.

What constitutes a Messy Monday in your world?

Is it the boss, co-workers, a professor, or the stressful commute? Maybe you long to stay home with the children instead. Could it be you need a job desperately and there’s the messy? Or, is your messy deeper…addiction, abuse, abandonment, rejection – the messy that some of us know little of, but that consumes your life.

Give thanks.

Find the beauty in Monday. We may have to dig deep to see it.

  • Pause
  • Pray
  • Breathe
  • Look
  • Reach
  • Smell
  • Taste

There it is. Taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34.8 NIV). If we’ve nothing else to give thanks for, there it is.

So, God, on this one more Messy Monday, may we taste of Your goodness.

May it overshadow the messy – the difficult – the devastation – the stink – the ugly – the painful – the wrong.

  • May we seek You.
  • May we feel You.
  • May we find You.

Pour Your grace on our Monday, today…and every day.

2 thoughts on “Pondering grace and giving thanks on a beautiful, messy Monday…

  1. It is a bit messy here too, only some rain, but through your writing you have shown me once again the need to “give thanks in all.” I am thankful for you, your unbelievable communication skills, and just because you are mine!

    • It really has turned out a messy Monday here. Big snowflakes falling and about 2 inches on the ground. Should be a nice mess later on the roads and all. We shall “give thanks” through it all. Thanks, Mom.

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