Thanks giving

In my quiet times recently, the Lord has been focusing my attention on remembering what He has done. Isn’t THAT revolutionary… Anyway, I’ve found that recounting the acts of God – from creation to our present to his promises – has sowed an incredible amount of gratitude in my heart through what has been an extraordinarily difficult stretch of life.

I’m learning at the heart level, with new depth, that gratitude is the fuel of faithfulness, the energy of encouragement, the attitude of actions that breathe Christ into every moment and contact. For that, I’m profoundly grateful.

O give thanks unto the Lord, and call upon his Name; tell the
people what things he hath done. Psalm 105:1

Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we thine unworthy servants
do give thee most humble and hearty thanks
for all thy goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all men.

We bless thee for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for thine inestimable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ,
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.

And, we beseech thee,
give us that due sense of all thy mercies,
that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful;
and that we show forth thy praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives,
by giving up our selves to thy service,
and by walking before thee
in holiness and righteousness all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost,
be all honor and glory, world without end. Amen.
– The General Thanksgiving, BCP 72

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