It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just a few days away! I believe that gratitude is one of the most important marks of our spiritual health. When I’m delighting in the good gifts God has provided and responding in grateful praise, it’s a sign that my soul is functioning well. Conversely, entitlement and ingratitude are concerning signs of spiritual dysfunction. Gratitude is the posture of a heart that knows grace.
As we enter this week ahead, if we pause and reflect, I think we will discover there is so much to be grateful for: friends, peace, life, breath, food, socks, snow, music, and so much more. If I rush through my day, I tend to miss the manifold blessings of these ordinary days that God has given. Indeed, every moment is a gift. I suppose that’s why they call it the “present.”
So let’s give thanks with grateful hearts full of adoration for our gracious God this week as Psalm 100 invites us:
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
For we are indeed loved, more than we know!