Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Giving thanks is not a mindless or even a passive activity. Scripture speaks of the giving the ‘sacrifice of thanksgiving’, and the Prayer of Consecration during Eucharist (Thanksgiving) says that it is not only our duty but our salvation to give thanks to God. Having a ‘Gratitude Attitude’ is becoming a well-known antidote to depression and despair. But when we are faced with Climate Change, a Covid Pandemic and world-wide political and cultural upheaval all at once, how are we to go about truly giving thanks to God? Jesus taught his disciples that in all things, even the calamities of our times, God is giving his children good gifts. How do we find those gifts? Jesus teaches us to ask our Father for good, and it will given to us – as much as we await the answer to our question(s); to search so that we can find the good that God has for us in all that we receive; and to knock so that God can open the door (of unknowing) that separates us from him. Given the present circumstances, what is there to be thankful for? Will I ask, seek and knock at the door to be able to receive all the good gifts God is giving me? Holy Spirit of Jesus, help me to give thanks for all your good gifts.
Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17)
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.