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     So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun. Eccles. 8:15

Heavenly Father, the past few months have been busy, taxing, and depleting. Thank you for understanding our frailties and our need for refreshment. If you never commanded Sabbath rest, I probably wouldn’t take it; and if you never commended the enjoyment of life, I’d go to the extremes of either taking simple joys for granted or worshiping pleasure altogether.

So today, I’m slowing down enough just to say thank you. Thank you for designing us for pleasure and delight. Thank you for putting sensate responders and nerve endings in our bodies. Thank you for taste buds and aesthetic wiring. You are glorified in our enjoyment. Thank you for intending that joy would accompany us in our work all the days you have given us under the sun.

Thank you for key lime pie and the aroma of really good coffee. Thank you for a Yorkshire Terrier that dances and grandsons that grin. Thank you for Carolina blue skies and low humidity days. Thank you for fish that bite and mosquitoes that don't. Thank you for unrushed conversations with friends, spontaneous laughs and mutual encouragement.

Thank you for the memory-connecting music of the sixties, bike rides, and college basketball. Thank you for naps, dark chocolate, and daffodils that bloom out of season. Thank you that the gospel is absolutely true, incomparably beautiful, and inexhaustibly good.

Father, our ongoing work under the sun has meaning because of the finished work of your beloved Son, Jesus. Because of your outrageous love and sovereign power, we delight ourselves in you today and will enjoy you forever. Hallelujah, many times over. So very Amen I pray, in Jesus’ holy and loving name.

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Scotty Smith is the founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee. You can follow him on Twitter.

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