Above the tabernacle of our church is a large painting of the risen Christ seated on a throne of clouds. The masterpiece of local artist Mark Sassani is doubly inspirational. It inspires me to contemplate what it would be like to spend an eternity in the unimaginable joy of God's presence.

The second inspiration is decidedly more of this world. I am moved to imagine what it would be like to have the artistic talent to create works that would draw people closer to God.

This daydream alternates with one where my normal singing voice - which sounds approximately like a cow being milked by someone with cold hands - is magically transformed into something much more melodic.

I imagine what it would be like to sing a hymn that turns the congregation's ears and souls heavenward.

Of course, I don't have any more hope of realizing either of these aspirations any more than I had of fulfilling my childhood daydream of winning a gold medal in the Olympic Games.

About the only task I can do in praise of God is to write about how we can see Him and His Way in our lives - in other people and daily events.

All we can do is use whatever gifts and opportunities God gives us to bring ourselves and others closer to God.

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God's gifts to us can be re-gifted to others.