Psalm 105:1-6 (NIV)

1 Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. 2 Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.3 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. 4 Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. 5 Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,6 O descendants of Abraham his servant, O sons of Jacob, his chosen ones.

Psalm 92:1 (NRSV)

It is good to give thanks to the Lord.

DEVOTION – John M. Drescher ( Pennsylvania)

Many people greet each other by saying , “Hello.  How are you?”  I noticed that if I reply with the usual, “Fine,” few people seem to notice.  So I began to respond, “I’m thankful.”

My answer brings interesting responses.  My neighbor called across our yards, “How are you?”  When I replied, “I’m thankful,” he asked, “Why?  What happened?”  He assumed that something had gone well in order to cause me to be thankful.  Clerks in stores often greet me with “How are you?”  My “I’m thankful” causes them to look up and to respond, “That’s great,” “Wonderful,” or “That’s terrific.”  Some express appreciation for my positive answer and than me.  This week, the school principal said, “I look forward your saying, ‘I’m thankful,’ each day.”  Some people ask, “Why are you thankful?” and I have an opportunity to tell them about God’s blessings in my life.

If we take a moment to reflect, all of us can think of many reasons to thank the Lord.  Expressing gratitude is good for us and can be a blessing to others.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: How am I?

Link2Life: Consider answering “I am thankful” when folks ask, “How are you?”  And be ready to say why.

PRAYER:  O God, give us thankful hearts so that we may acknowledge and share your goodness. Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: To Be More Thankful

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