Today we thank God for the sun, for this last chance with the good weather before the storming snow comes in. Nothing lifts the Spirit more than waking up to sunshine. God helps us to find peace and grace even amongst the storm, as we see in today's change to warmth. In the midst of our most difficult situations, God helps us find things to be grateful for, to be happy about. Even if it's the beauty of a sunny day, or being around your best friend who makes you laugh. It's important as people of faith to show gratitude, no matter what our lives may look like.
Today's Psalm states:'All thy works shall give thanks to thee, O LORD, and all thy saints shall bless thee! They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and tell of thy power, to make known to the sons of men thy mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of thy kingdom. Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endures throughout all generations. The LORD is faithful in all his words, and gracious in all his deeds. The LORD is just in all his ways, and kind in all his doings. The LORD is near to all who call upon him, to all who call upon him in truth' (Psalms 145:10-13, 17-18).
Take some time today to listen to the song link, reflect on this reading and show gratitude to god for everything in your life. Try to think about the things that make you the most happy, and even for making it through that difficult conversation with someone at work. Show gratitude and make a change.
Today's prayer comes from 'Prayerscapes' a prayer for gratitude to God:
O Lord, Were I to count the ways your love has worked in me, There'd be no time to list them all, for each day you have been - A gentle breeze that's shaped my life. A fragrance to enjoy. A seed that's born spring leaves and shoots That makes my journey full. Your words have helped me climb the peaks And lit the valleys dark, And always I have found the light Of truth to guide my path. You've given me the very gift My heart was yearning for, And blessed the work my hands have done To make my offering more. But more than this, as only you see You've known my tears and smiles. To walk so close to a loving friend Is how I was designed. And so I am so privileged And inherit such a prize. My heart is full of gratitude And always open wide. To drink in the beauty of each day To run and dance and sing, Because I live within your grace You are my everything. Amen.