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First Love

While listening to a sermon, the minister referred to the scripture in Philippians 4:6, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” While meditating on this scripture, the following conversation between the spirit and me ensued and went something like this. The question from the spirit: “When does a person say thank you.” My response: “When they have received something.” And the spirit replied, “Right.” In the context of thanking God by faith for the things we petition, a sincere thank-you—even when we can’t see, hold, touch, or physically possess it—is the only evidence that we believe we have received what we ask. Because faith is the substance of things “hoped” for, past tense, already received. I do not say thank you unless I believe or have received, seen, or held in my hand the thing I desire.

This is the same kind of dialogue during a time of meditation that led to this book. I do not remember what prompted the thought. I do remember asking the question, why heaven and earth, why this life, and why does all of this exist? Let’s explore.