Thank You Lord
“Thank you Lord for saving my soul. Thank you Lord for making me whole. Thank you Lord for giving to me, your great salvation so rich and free.”
I wouldn’t have been more than 4 or 5 years old…but I still remember singing the words above at the end of every children’s choir performance in the small church my family was attending at that time. I remember standing behind a choir rail upfront, smiling, and doing my best to sing with everyone else. And I remember the words; “Thank you Lord…Thank you Lord…Thank you Lord.”
“Thank you, Lord.” These words became a part of my vocabulary and thinking very early on in life; perhaps the same was true for you. Maybe it was a familiar table blessing prayer; “…Let us thank him for our food. Amen.” Maybe it was the words of the Communion liturgy; “Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.” Maybe it was a family tradition of “counting your blessings” around the Thanksgiving dinner table. Somewhere in your growing up years, giving thanks to God was instilled.
But then we grew up…and the pushing, shoving, and striving of the adult world took over. The concept of “always wanting more” crept in…and simple gratitude, regardless of our circumstances, left the building
Join me this Thanksgiving season in stepping back into the simple practice of gratitude. I know it sounds corny, but spend some time alone, or with others, listing things to be thankful for and say, “Thank you, Lord.”
You might be amazed at what comes of that. Matt Miosfky says it this way in his book Happy? What Is It And How To Find It, “I have never heard anyone regret being grateful.”
Have a very safe and happy Thanksgiving.
Your partner on the journey,