It is only with gratitude that life becomes rich. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
I was up before daylight this morning – a rarity for me nowadays but I’m putting in a few hours work for the day. It’s quiet still and so I get the chance to just think a little about the day.
Kathy and I have a lot to be thankful for. We are blessed in so many ways – family, friends, our church, our work. And I read the quote above this morning during my devotions. Yes, my life is rich – though I’m sad to say I don’t always remember that fact.
We celebrated Thanksgiving at a dinner Sunday afternoon with a bunch of international students and some others who are reaching out to them in sharing Jesus and His love. It was a great afternoon. It was more than just another opportunity to eat, it was an opportunity to share and learn. Much like the picture above, we could say “thanks” in so many ways. I heard snippets of conversation that ranged from the “mundane” to talks of salvation. We laughed and Kathy and I even shared some “wisdom” about married life with a few students. In all the craziness of our world and life, we can come together – but I believe God is the key ingredient to the fellowship.
A friend asked the question recently, “Who do atheists give thanks to?” We who believe in God, give thanks to Him. So many of the Psalms and other Scriptures focus on giving thanks and gratitude is definitely something that enriches us and takes the focus off of us. “All good gifts come from God”. Big and small – everything good in life comes from God. You are rich indeed.
As you spend your Thanksgiving Day and weekend in whatever way that happens for you – may you realize how blessed you are. Read Isaiah 43: 1-4 and know that God loves you. I can’t think of anything more that I am thankful for today.