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Monday, August 27, 2012

Gratitude…


You are my portion, Lord;
    I have promised to obey your words. 
 I have sought your face with all my heart;
    be gracious to me according to your promise.
 I have considered my ways
    and have turned my steps to your statutes.
 I will hasten and not delay
    to obey your commands. 
Psalms 119:57-60 (NIV)



Author Melody Beattie puts it’s simply…
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. 

“I just want to thank You, Lord.” So said my mommy days ago, pointing me squarely in the direction of grateful.  She wrote,
I just want to thank you Lord. Your grace and mercy brought me through… I'm moving slowly this morning. No real reason to rush... It's a beautiful morning, although the sun is not shinning. If God chooses it doesn't have to shine every morning. So let’s just thank him for what is. Have a great day. Peace and Goodwill upon you and yours. Love, Mom

Mommy has given her home, time and energy over to caring for her ailing mother. She could find other ways to manage this task, there are sufficient resources, sufficient insurance. However, she takes seriously the notion of honoring her mother. She is grateful to have a living parent at her age; grateful to have the capacity and the resources to provide extraordinary care to her in her home.  She has unlocked the fullness of life. She, despite her own health and other challenges, daily exhibits grace and gratitude. 
Matthew Henry’s commentary on the 119th Psalm tells us in part, “there is no situation on earth in which a believer has not cause to be thankful.” Simple. Gratitude is more than just a choice. It is an obligation. I’ve taken on surrender, and it’s working, but it’s not enough. I need to be immersed in gratitude.  It is the reason I began to write this blog. It is the journey upon which I embarked nearly 2 years ago.  

There are so many reasons to be grateful, and not enough time to thank God for it all, but I can try. Thank you, Lord, for all of it. Let my actions show my gratitude. Let my movements be an act of thanks. Let all that I am, all that I know, all that I do be an offering of thanks for it all.  “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” I want that. I am willing to work for it. It will become who I am. Along with new mercies, each day brings new revelations. Just another reminder that God is good.

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