A Thought On Gratitude“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” — Charles Dickens
The Thanksgiving holiday offers up the natural opportunity for us to pause and give thanks. The classic hymn
When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.
We are all naturally prone to the ups and downs of life. Health challenges, family needs, work stoppages
“Gratitude: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.”Webster’s Dictionary
24 Scriptures on Gratitude
1 Thessalonians 5:18
2 Corinthians 9:15
1 Corinthians 1:4-6
1 Timothy 4:4-5
1 Chronicles 15:8
“Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.”John Wooden
A Prayer for Thanksgiving
Dear Lord, It’s been quite a year. It is hard to comprehend at times the things that have occurred. The pressures mount from every side, making it feel like my soul is being crushed. Relieve me of this pressure I feel bearing down upon me. Help me to lift the eyes of my heart onto something bigger and better than myself and my situations. Remind me that all is not lost, even as I stagger in the darkness. For each breath I take and every moment I face, I am truly appreciative. Help me to embrace the difficult situations with a renewed sense of joy and contentment. You are truly the Giver of Life. And I am forever grateful. Amen.
Steps to Salvation
The Bible states that God loves you and cares for you as a person (John 3:16). Humankind has been separated from God by sin (Romans 3:23). God sent His Son as a provision for our salvation through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross and His resurrection from the dead (Romans 5:8). Doing good deeds is not enough (Ephesians 2:8-9), but receiving the free gift of salvation is (John 1:12).
You can invite Jesus Christ into your life right now by praying something like the following:
Dear God, I know I am a sinner. I need Your forgiveness and grace. I believe that Christ paid the penalty for my sin, and He died in my place, and He rose from the dead. I invite Jesus Christ to come into my life as Savior. Thank You for saving me from my sin and making me Your child. Help me to grow and learn how to serve You. Amen.