not worthy of the least

a week has gone into the new year.

what is there to be thankful for the past year?  i am thankful to be alive.  life is short and uncertain.  just a week or two ago, a plane crash killed the entire bunch of its passengers, many of whom were probably on their way to various christmas or year end celebrations, or just simply going home or on a holiday.

i remember the words uttered by jacob in prayer to the Lord, “i am not worthy, O Lord, to receive the least of all the mercies and of all the truth you have given your servant.”  sobering words.

everything i possess, everything i own (and i don’t own a lot), and everything i enjoy in this life, are given to me by the mercies of God.  i am not worthy of the least of these.

anything i know, anything i understand, and anything i have learned of God, christ, and the gospel, are given to me by the grace of God.  i am not worthy of the least of them.

what am i worthy of, then?  to be damned in hell.  that hell makes any suffering in this life, comparably, a light punishment or chastisement, and any blessing grossly undeserved.  i am thankful to be alive.

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