Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel.
Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.
~ Colossians 3:15-17
Our former Executive Presbyter preaches from time to time at our congregation when our pastors are away. After a particular sermon, we had a conversation about gratitude. I believe I already shared his charge to me to pick one day and be thankful 100 times.
As we sit at table this Thanksgiving, and we are asked to name one thing that we are thankful for, rise above those who groan and complain and can’t think of anything and pick a simple thing, something you may have never mentioned before.
It will do your heart and the hearts of those around you so much good no matter what you choose! Ask to be first if you can, or askt o be last and be thankful for all of them. Introverts, draw a picture if you can. Extroverts reign it in just a tad, but express your thanks. For your voice, for your hands, for your gifts, for your challenges, for your victories, for your defeats. They have made you the shiny child you are right now.
Thank you Lord, – Walter Hawkins and the Love Center Choir
(17 minutes of thank you!…Just listen a while.)
Because of Him,