Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights above. Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his heavenly hosts. Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars. Praise him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies. Let them praise the name of the Lord, for at his command they were created, and he established them forever and ever—he issued a decree that will never pass away. Psalm 148:1-6
“Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.” In the late 1800s, Johnson Oatham, Jr. wrote those words as a Gospel song for young people. He was a layman and a businessman. He wrote fairly simply and yet profoundly, believing that when we consciously and deliberately thank God for our life, even in the difficult times, we begin to realize how much God loves and cares for us. Noticing the many moments during a day when Christ’s promise rings true leads us to heartfelt thanksgiving.
So today’s challenge: take five minutes to count your blessings. Name them. Celebrate them. Then, give thanks for them.
Prayer: We give you thanks, O God, for all the blessings and bounty of our lives. You have blessed us with faith, friends, and families. Thank you for meaningful work, sunshine, snow, rain and all your creation. Help us to be mindful of all the ways your grace and love lives on in our daily lives. Amen.
Deaconess Deb Robinson
St. Joseph, MN