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Giving Thanks

1 Chronicles 16:34

34 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!


I have a prayer practice that I adhere to firmly. I begin every prayer by offering praise to God, not for what He's done for me, but for who He simply is. This is called adoration.


I've gotten myself into the good habit (you can too, it's not complicated) of praying in movements. I love this because life comes to us, and at us with movements as well. As I said, the first movement is almost always adoration. From that movement, I'll work into offering confession of my sins and flaws. This again is natural when I remember who God is, and who I am compared to Him, confession occurs naturally. I'm sinful, flawed, we all are. From this place of remembering, I'll move into Thanksgiving. Praising God for all that He's done for me (not the least of these things was forgiving my sins). And finally, I'll move to supplication, which is merely bringing to God my requests, my needs, the needs of others. After I've remembered who He is, who I am next to Him, and what He's already done for me, I'm in a place where I can bring my needs.


I always spend more time in Adoration and Thanksgiving. It is a good thing to do.


I know that our world currently has trouble. My life isn't without trouble. However, I also know that God is good, and created the world to be good. I know that God created this world for our enjoyment. I know that God gave us each other so that we could love one another. I know that Jesus came to show us how to love each other.


With these things in mind, give thanks. See what giving thanks does for your heart. See what choosing gratitude as your default attitude does for your life.


I'd invite you to join me in a very old practice. Perhaps you're already there with me. I have a working document that I visit when needed. It's my gratitude list. I compile the blessings as they come to mind, and add them to the list. It's getting quite long. This Thanksgiving season, perhaps do this as a family. Share your lists with one another. See if it doesn't make the meal taste better. See if it isn't a better thing to talk about than politics, or the pandemic.


God's richest blessings for you all.

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