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Tuesday, September 29 2020

As we move into October this week, I am transitioning to consider another spiritual practice, gratitude. This quote from author and educator, Diana Butler Bass, was a good reminder to me. "We know that gratitude is good and we want to be grateful, or feel gratitude, or be seen as thankful people. We might experience gratitude in a given moment. But inwardly, we know how difficult it is to practice and sustain thanksgiving-to live a truly grateful life."

 

Do you relate to this struggle? Or does gratitude come easily to you? I would invite you to notice two things today. What made you feel grateful? Did you say "thank-you" to someone?

 

Read these words from familiar Psalm 100, A psalm of thanksgiving.

 

Shout triumphantly to the Lord, all the earth.

Serve the Lord with gladness;

come before Him with joyful songs.

Acknowledge that Yahweh is God.

He made us, and we are His -

His people, the sheep of His pasture.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving

and His courts with praise.

Give thanks to Him and praise His name.

For Yahweh is good, and His love is eternal;

His faithfulness endures through all generations.

 

Our God is good and His love is eternal. Let's follow David's lead in Psalm 100 by humbling ourselves in gratitude before the Lord. Complete the song of praise below with your own words of thanks.

 

Shout triumphantly to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs.
_______________________________________ (Go ahead!)

Shout out or write down a triumphant praise!)

 

Acknowledge that Yahweh is God. He made us, and we are His - His people, the sheep of His pasture.

_______________________________________ (Celebrate who God is and who we are to Him.)


Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name.

_______________________________________ (Give thanks to God and praise His name.)


For Yahweh is good, and His love is eternal; His faithfulness endures through all generations.

 

Prayer for Today

(Prayer prompt from She Reads Truth resource)

Open my eyes, God, that I may become alert to gratitude throughout the day. Help me bridge the gap between knowing about gratitude and living in thankfulness. Free me from guilt about the gap, replacing it with the joy of discovery and an eagerness for change. Amen.

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