This morning I was reading Psalm 79 this morning, and I was really hoping to find a lot of hope and a good thought for Thanksgiving. What I found was loss, conflict and a virtual storm. However, after the psalmist talks about all of this sadness and suffering, he makes this powerful declaration in Psalm 79:13.
“But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise.”
What a statement! What a declaration of thanks in the midst of a storm!
After reading this I opened my journal and instead of praying through my prayer list, I decided just to say thank you to God. Here is what came to mind…
- I am thankful for my salvation and the fact that God will allow me to approach Him in prayer.
- I am thankful for the fact that God has been so faithful to me in spite of my unfaithfulness to Him.
- I am thankful for my wife – Julie – who has been such a treasure and a constant source of encouragement to me.
- I am thankful for my son – Caleb – who sees life differently and challenges me to do the same.
- I am thankful for my son – Nathan – who helps me face my own frailty as I help him face his.
- I am thankful for my mom who taught me generosity and love.
- I am thankful for my church family and ministry.
- I am thankful for a mind to think and grasp the goodness of God’s love for me.
- I am thankful for a home to share with others.
- I am thankful for the finances God has given us. It’s not a lot, but more than many in our world.
- I am thankful for friends who encourage me.
- I am thankful for my chair that reminds me to rest from my work.
- I am thankful for the fact that we never lack for food in our home.
- I am thankful for pastor friends that remind me that I am being prayed for.
- I am thankful for the life that I live. It is a good one!
What are you thankful for? Take sometime this week and make a list. If you would like, comment below and share it with all of us.