"And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."
"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'"
There’s so much to be thankful for today! One of those that I’m most grateful for is a church family that I don’t just attend with but belong to. A church family rooted in thankfulness. Thankfulness for what we have, and who generously gives to those in our family who lack. I can think of several stories off the top of my head of families pitching in to help when a Community Group member lost equipment needed for work. I can think of countless volunteers who graciously gave up hours of their day to help feed and provide meals for those in our community who didn’t have any. And I know of steadfast prayer warriors covering our imprisoned and persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ who are at points being tested in what might seem like the toughest circumstances any of us could face.
Lord, please grow my gratitude and contentment for the many blessings You’ve provided, and may I look for ways to meet needs…financial, emotional, relational, or spiritual needs of those You’ve put around me.