By Brenda Jank
Gratitude alters intimate relationships.
It is a life-giving foundation. It says, in neon lights, “I see you. I recognize who you are and how I am blessed by your life and your love!”
Entitlement is ugly.
Indifference is even uglier.
Hitting pause and taking time to recognize God’s remarkable goodness in my life is a gift to God, but it is an even bigger gift to me. Gratitude draws me into His presence. It opens the door to a “heart to heart” when we need it most.
When was the last time you wrote God a Love Letter?
A Thank You Letter?
Was it written with pen and paper or was it sent silently, prayerfully?
As I peer into the next few days of a Covid-19 Thanksgiving – altered and re-fashioned, I will be looking for a quiet corner to explore, as my friend Suzanne coined it, the tension between grief and gratitude. I believe Jesus will meet me there, as I pour out to Him my heart and my hope. Face-to-face, heart-to-heart, He will feed and free my soul.
Want to join me?
I am going to start and end in Psalm 100 (NIV)
Psalm 100 – A psalm for giving grateful praise
1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his[a];
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.