Devotional 4/28/2020

Today is a Tuesday. And I have previously shared Tuesdays are the days that I struggle with the most.   I just lack momentum on Tuesdays and feel blah.  

However, this morning I woke up with a song in my head. It is a hymn, "Give Thanks." Here are its lyrics: 

              Give thanks with a grateful heart, give thanks to the Holy One, Grove thanks because he's given Jesus Christ his Son. 

              And now let the weak say, I am strong, let the poor, say I am rich because of what the Lord had done for us. 

Those are the only lyrics, simply repeated a few times. 

So I started listing all of the things I should be thankful for.  I was not even in a good mood and I kept just thinking of more and more things I am thankful.  Also reflecting on my list, I noticed two things- first that there was alot about food on there and second was that there were far more people than things.  I am very grateful that I do not have to worry about feeding myself and especially my children even now during these trying times.  Food instability is way too common place in our world and in our community.  But I am thankful for the food pantry here and all who work it and stock it that we can do at least something for others.  But by far, people were the most common thing I was thankful for.  And thankful not for the random happenstance that put them in my life, but thankful to God for letting me know them and love them.  

Today I invite you into an attitude of gratitude. Look at 1 Thessalonians 1 and 5: 12-28.  Notice how Paul starts and ends this letter with gratitude and prayer.  (If you have free time, flip through some of the other letters of Paul and see that this is a trend for him).  He takes the time to share his gratitude and that he is praying for them and asks for prayers for himself! 

 Make a list of all that you are thankful for.  Then look it over for themes of what is truly important to you.  And then give thanks to God.  Truly and fully give your attention to giving thanks to God for the people and things you are grateful in life.  Take the time to name them one by one.  You have much to be grateful for, so take the time to share that gratitude with God. And give a call to some of the people you are grateful for and let them know that they are in your thoughts and prayers.