Psalm 105:1-6 (NRSV)

1 O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples. 2 Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wonderful works. 3 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. 4 Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually. 5 Remember the wonderful works he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he has uttered, 6 O offspring of his servant Abraham, children of Jacob, his chosen ones.   

Psalm 105:1 (NRSV)

1 O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples.

DEVOTION – Todd Outcalt (Indiana)

Some years ago, when our son was suffering from depression, our family slipped into a dark place.  It was difficult to see the light, helpfulness, and generosity of others.  We were seeking God, but our situation did not seem to be getting better.

During one family counseling listing our blessings, to evaluate the good things in our lives.  We noted the blessings of our faith, the kindnesses  others had shown to us, and the fact that our family was still whole and intact.

In time, a spirit of thanksgiving returned.  We discovered new ways to talk to each other and also found that God was near.  Being thankful can transform form us.  As the psalmist noted centuries ago, when we are thankful, we are proclaiming God’s works-and others can also remember what the Lord has done for them.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: A spirit of thanksgiving brings us closer to God.

PRAYER: Generous God, help us to be thankful for our blessings, especially when life is difficult.  In this way we are witnesses to your love.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: THOSE WHO SUFFER FROM DEPRESSION

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