Mother Teresa once said, “Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God.”
At this Thanksgiving Season we can put ourselves in God’s care and have a “Grateful Thanksgiving,” as Pastor Dale Ambler said this past Sunday.
Paul puts it this way, “4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
The Psalmist wrote, “1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”
Take time before you go asleep (since I didn’t have this ready for you this morning) and take an inventory of your day. What are you thankful for? Is there something for which you can say, “Thank you God.” One of our members shared with me how she does this each and every day. On some days there a so many, many things on her list of thanksgiving. On other days she admits she has to search her mind for that one thing. Some days are hard, she says, but she does manage to find something. And doing this each day bears much fruit.
Give thanks this evening for at least something. Perhaps for a drink of water, sunshine coming in your windows today, colorful leaves blowing off of the trees into your neighbors yard or yours, a phone call from a friend, an energetic dog that you saw being walked by your house, your daily bread,…something.
May God bless you as you give thanks in some way to close your day.