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Thankfulness

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and …. Romans 1:20-21.

Comment

Right now I’m sitting in my room, looking out of the window, and it is another beautiful day.  We’re not used to such wonderful weather for a whole summer and I give thanks. Sometimes though times are tough, like when a loved one becomes seriously ill, and I find it more difficult to give thanks.

Our attitude of gratitude marks us out as people who follow Jesus. We’re told not to worry, for we can trust our loving and faithful father God. The God who sent his son to die on the cross, so that we can be reconciled to him for ever.

Thankfulness is one of those profound spiritual remedies; it takes our eyes off ourselves and focuses them on our creator. Thankfulness is good for us.

Prayer (as a couple)

Discuss together something to give thanks for.

Father, thank you for  _____.  Please help us to be people with grateful hearts. Please help us to focus on you and always be thankful, even when times are tough. Thank you. Amen

Prayer (for others)

Father, we pray for ____ and ____. Thank you for what you are doing in their lives (be specific if possible). May they learn to give thanks in all circumstances, in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Final Quote

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18