What are you feeling this week? Fear? Hope? Trust? Excitement? Worry? I am grateful that in these unsettled times we (and the whole world) truly are in God’s hands and can trust him.
When the sun is shining and the crocus are blooming it is hard to not start to smile and feel grateful. That is a very healthy thing to do. Time magazine reports that practicing gratitude can: make you more patient, improve your relationships, help you take better care of yourself, help you sleep (count your blessings, not your sheep!), protect you from overeating, ease depression, and give you lasting happiness.
So how can we practice gratitude? Here are two ideas:
“Three Good Things”—each day identify three good moments or things that happened that day. They can be little things, but try to do that every day for a few weeks—see what happens!
“Pray” – since God is the source of our blessings, say thank you! Here is a prayer of Thanksgiving that may help you think about some other things you have to be thankful for. Practice using this prayer as a launch pad for thanking God for his many blessings to you:
Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us.
We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love.
We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for the loving care which surrounds us on every side.
We thank you for setting us at tasks that demand our best efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments that satisfy and delight us.
We thank you also for those disappointments and failures that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone.
Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ; for the truth of his Word and the example of his life; for his steadfast obedience, by which he overcame temptation; for his dying, through which he conquered death; and for his rising to life again, in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom.
Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know Christ and make him known; and through him, at all times and in all places, may give thanks to you in all things. Amen.
Amen! Can I get an amen?
This Sunday we will continue with our We Believe series. Pastor Chris will lead us as we look at God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. I hope you can join us!
Blessings and peace to you this week in the name of Jesus!