The other day I made a savory spice blend for my grilled chicken wings.  I grilled on my new Weber Spirit Grill that I finally received as a combined Christmas, Birthday and Father’s Day gift from 2 years ago. I’m guessing that the givers were “just way too busy” over these past 2 years to purchase it but since COVID and the drive through pick up option, it made it easier to follow through.  My savory spice concoction included ground cinnamon, garlic power, paprika, ginger, salt, white pepper, oregano leaves, crushed lemon drop peppers with a dash of a ghost pepper – fresh from the garden. I was a bit disappointed.  I only got four reviews which totaled a 3.75 star rating. The comments ranged from: too hot, way too hot, brilliantly balanced (that was a self-review) and perfect. After a well-balanced, unhealthy meal I headed to my thinking chair to relax and reflect.

Then a surprising moment occurred.  In the background but not far away, I heard the ever so distinctive voice of Sir Van Morrison singing:  “These are the days now that we must savory… And we must enjoy as we can… These are the days that will last forever… You’ve got to hold them in your heart. ..”

During these days I have not thought much about savoring the moments and yet there is something deep for me – for us to claim. We invite you to let you memories linger, to savory those moments and let joy wash over you.  Hold them closely in your heart.

Scripture Reading: Psalm 16:7-11
I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.
I keep the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure.
For you do not give me up to Sheol, or let your faithful one see the Pit.
You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Reflection Questions:
How are you savoring today?
What’s your recipe for faithful living?
Who are you holding in your heart?

Holy God, I rest (I awake) knowing that you have blessed (will bless) my day. Let me savory the moments where heaven and earth collapse and I experience your presence. Breathe in me the fullness of your joy and show me your path. Amen.


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