Do you show gratitude? Even through all the good and blessings we are given in life, we still seek more, still attempt to better ourselves, still ask God for more than we actually need. Even when life is flourishing with the blessings God has given you, it's easy to take thesinale moments that hurt us, and forget about all the good. God has given you life, freedom, hope, and whenever it feels like His blessings aren't abundantly clear, we can start to change our perspective and attitude, by remembering the joys we are given. A helpful tool can be making a list or keeping a journal each day and remembering the things you're thankful for.
Today's Gospel states:'After the two days he departed to Galilee. For Jesus himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country. So when he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, having seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the feast, for they too had gone to the feast. So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Caper'na-um there was an official whose son was ill. When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went and begged him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Jesus therefore said to him, "Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe." The official said to him, "Sir, come down before my child dies." Jesus said to him, "Go; your son will live." The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went his way. As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was living. So he asked them the hour when he began to mend, and they said to him, "Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him." The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, "Your son will live"; and he himself believed, and all his household. This was now the second sign that Jesus did when he had come from Judea to Galilee'(John 4:43-54).
Today's Gospel talks about a man seeking Jesus, for the purpose of saving his child. He seeks a sign, seeks God's saving power in order to believe, to be gracious. In a situation like this, it's difficult, especially if there is no healing possible, but we still have to have gratitude, through everything, to be thankful for the time, the good that has been present. In today's modern world, it's easy to get sidetracked and lose focus. Take some time to pray and thank God for everything you have been given.
Today's prayer comes from 'programming life' a prayer for gratitude in life:
Thank you, Lord, for the blessings you have bestowed on my life. You have provided me with more than I could ever have imagined. You have surrounded me with people who always look out for me. You have given me family and friends who bless me every day with kind words and actions. They lift me up in ways that keep my eyes focused on you and make my spirit soar.
Also, thank you, Lord, for keeping me safe. You protect me from those things that seem to haunt others. You help me make better choices, and you have provided me with advisors that help me with the difficult decisions. You speak to me in so many ways so that I always know you are here.
And Lord, I am so grateful for keeping those around me safe and loved. I hope that you provide me with the ability and sense to show them every day how much they matter. I hope that you give me the ability to give to them the same kindness they have provided to me. I am just so grateful for all of your blessings in my life, Lord. I pray that you remind me of just how lucky I am, and that you never allow me to forget to show my gratitude in prayer and returned kind acts. Thank you, Lord. In your name, Amen.