Take a few minutes to push the “pause” button on whatever is going on around you and be still with God.
A Psalm of thanksgiving.
1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Serve the Lord with gladness;
come into his presence with singing.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him; bless his name.
5 For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever
and his faithfulness to all generations.
The idea of gratitude or thanks is remarkably close to praise in the vision of Isaiah. This is also an important part of Lent. In addition to recognizing that God is all things to us, we also realize that God has given everything to us. God has given us the world of which we are a part, the food we eat, the homes we live in and even the air that we breathe to stay alive. This fact is why we are looking at giving thanks to God this week.
Gratitude is such an important part of our lives that we even have a holiday for it—Thanksgiving! We at times give ourselves all the credit for what we have and what we do. But it is truly God who is the source of all good things.
So, let us be aware of what is going on around us so we might express our gratitude. It must be shared to make a difference. Express your gratitude this week!
Lord, we are too often unhappy. Help us to feel and express the great joy we have in you and your love. Amen.
Go with God.
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