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Three Matts: Redman, Redmond, and Saint

It’s another rainy day in North Georgia, but I’ve accomplished a couple of outdoor chores like feeding the cats (again) and picking the zucchini. While I was outside, I saw…

 —A volunteer sunflower blooming among the peppers and tomatoes. A bird must have dropped a sunflower seed after he’d grabbed it from the feeder.     

 —Two honey bees buzzing around the cucumbers. That sight should be an ordinary one, but honey bee populations are in serious decline so I’m thrilled every time I see a bee.

 —A cute and angry wren that’s determined to scare the cats away from our front door.

 Those are ordinary little blessings. They’re nothing special…or are they?

 Recently, three different Matts have helped me see things in new ways.

 Matt #1 is a former pastor, now a banker, named Matt B. Redmond. He wrote a book called The God of the Mundane. I bought it because I already knew from Matt’s blog, Echoes and Stars, that I liked his style. Instead of pressuring believers into the unending pursuit of some kind of radical spirituality, Matt reminds us that the God of the universe is with us, here and now, already involved in our ordinary lives.

 Matt #2 is singer-songwriter Matt Redman. Of his songs, my favorite is “Ten Thousand Reasons.”

 You’re rich in love, and You’re slow to anger.
Your name is great, and Your heart is kind…

 The song always makes me slow down and appreciate a few more of the “ten thousand reasons” to bless the Lord.

 Then there’s Matt #3, Saint Matthew, who heard Jesus say:

 Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. (Matthew 11:28, NAS.)

 That’s not just an ordinary blessing. That’s a life-changer and a heart-mender.

Whatever you’re up to today, I hope you’ll see God’s blessings all around you and find rest.



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