November… the month when we see a lot about gratitude or thankfulness. I’m glad I have folks around me to remind me to have a grateful heart.
Every Sunday a blog I subscribe to has a post, “Sunday Gratitude.” In a year, not one has been religious. They’re just reminders to us that we can choose to be grateful. It’s good for the soul.
If you’re a follower of Jesus, you have another reason too. Paul’s instructions in 1 Thessalonians are one of numerous examples.
Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
And so I’m grateful for our board members who encourage me to be grateful. Mark Cook regularly shares prayers on his FB page. This one really touched me.
We give You thanks, O God our Father, for the good work which You have begun in us, in that You have called us to the knowledge of Your healing grace and faith in You; and we pray that Your Holy Spirit would continue Your work in us that our lives me may be strengthened for Your service in the fellowship of the gospel, and our love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and all discernment, to Your praise and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. – Titiusoneine, adapted.
And then there’s another board member, Brenda Neuhaus, who is sharing something she’s grateful for each day in her FB status. I have to say I wholeheartedly concur with her post today in which she is grateful for Facebook which allows us to connect with loved ones, near and far.
And regarding the command, I must say I’m so glad, even grateful 🙂 , that it says “in” everything give thanks — the word is not “for.” I’m to have a grateful heart no matter the circumstance. Today, I’m sad. I’m missing my family, but I can choose to be grateful.