April 10, 2014

Cultivating an attitude of thankfulness

By Adela Hufford, business process analyst
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 (NRSV)
DEVOTIONAL:

Parenting has taught me just as much about my relationship with God as it has about my relationship with my son, Garrett. I feel sadness and pain when I see him struggle with making wise choices and ultimately choosing something other than what I wanted for him. I am struck with the notion, “Is this how God feels about me when I make unwise choices?” But I also feel an incredible surge of euphoria when Garrett offers me genuine thankfulness or praise about something I have done. And again I think, “Does God’s heart swell when I offer up a thankful heart?”

The Psalmist provides prayer in the form of thanksgiving and praise, recognizing God’s mercy and restoration in our lives by jubilantly sharing “O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!” both at the beginning and the end of the Psalm. My desire to create a similar attitude of thankfulness in Garrett calls on me to identify with him the many blessings we’ve been given and to demonstrate a thankful heart. We often pray at bedtime: “God, thank you for our house. Thank you for a bed to sleep in. Thank you for plenty of food to eat and clothes to wear. Amen.”

I am challenged though, to help Garrett, and ultimately help myself, acknowledge that our prayers of thanksgiving and praise can and should seep in to our everyday lives and not be limited by our routines, but become routine. Despite our circumstances, there is much to be thankful for and God deserves that pause whenever we are presented with a blessing.

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 (NRSV)

A Song of Victory

TO give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his steadfast love endures for ever!

Let Israel say,
‘His steadfast love endures for ever.’
Open to me the gates of righteousness,
that I may enter through them
and give thanks to the Lord.

This is the gate of the Lord;
the righteous shall enter through it.

I thank you that you have answered me
and have become my salvation.
The stone that the builders rejected
has become the chief cornerstone.
This is the Lord’s doing;
it is marvellous in our eyes.
This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Save us, we beseech you, O Lord!
O Lord, we beseech you, give us success!

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
We bless you from the house of the Lord.
The Lord is God,
and he has given us light.
Bind the festal procession with branches,
up to the horns of the altar.

You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
you are my God, I will extol you.

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures for ever.

 

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Comments (4)

  1. I join you, Adela, in giving thanks, frequently, to the Lord. Wilma

    Wilma Shank April 10, 2014 |
  2. Cultivating thankfulness is the best antidote to destuctive consumer ulture, which doesn’t allow us to enjoy our blessings because it wants us to be always hankering after something else. This is the way to free ourselves from its slavery.

    Mary-Alice Shemo April 10, 2014 |
  3. Thank you Adela for remind me that a lot of little things God does for us we take for granted!!!

    bob April 10, 2014 |
  4. Well said, Adela, a message we need to hear over and over – thank you!
    Linda

    Linda April 10, 2014 |