Sunday’s sermon explored ways we feel small, both in unpleasant environments as well as feeling small in positive settings. Vikki provided several examples of ways that Jesus acted in small capacities, from his birth in a lowly manger in Jerusalem to performing miracles and then telling people not to tell others.

The sayings go, “it is the small things in life that matter” and “it isn’t the number of breaths we take, but the number of moments that take our breath away.” Giving some more thought to Sunday’s sermon, it is the small things that turn into big things. The little baby’s laugh and smiles, your dog who thinks you are the greatest when you are throwing a ball over and over, picking fresh tomatoes from your garden, and even going to church knowing that there will be ready ears to hear about your week whether is was good, bad or just average.

One of the ways Jesus exhibited small behavior was through prayer. The Bible has numerous verses where Jesus is praying in the Bible. Prayer helps keep us centered on the really big things in life, the things where we really need God. For without prayer, we are even smaller and there are really so few things we accomplish without God’s mercy and love for us. God is BIG, we are small. Small is good. God is better.

Dear Mighty God,

So many times in life, we are reduced to feeling small and inadequate, we forget to acknowledge all the good things that arrive in small packages, the day to day life things. We experience so much abundance of good, small things, sometimes we forget that our small blessings are more bountiful than some will ever experience. We pray our small actions and deeds are pleasing to you and that through our small contributions, good things will occur or be made better. In humble honor of you, the one who makes BIG things happen, we are blessed. Amen.

If you have twelve minutes, here is a link to the short film, Small. Watch it and then you’ll have a better understanding of Small.

Wendy Saathoff

[Ed note: Wendy's daughter, Stephanie, helped make the film.]

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