A grateful devotion

Wayne Rector

Wayne Rector

 By Wayne Rector, Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor resident

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, but we shouldn’t wait for that day to add all our blessings and express our thanks for them. In fact, continual thanksgiving for God’s people should be as natural as breathing.

In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 the Apostle Paul tells us: “In everything give thanks for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” It is told of a small boy who was asked by his grandmother at Thanksgiving what he was thankful for. He said, “I am thankful for the things that I have that I don’t have to have.” Sometimes we get so involved with our problems, that we lose sight of our blessings. While on the other hand, is it possible that we enjoy our blessings so much, that we forget the one who gives them? Praise and thanksgiving have the power to change our outlook and our lives.

Making every day a day of thanksgiving can transform a person’s life.Our gracious Heavenly Father, we thank you for your goodness, your love, and your mercy; and for the abundance of your blessings every day of our lives. Through Christ our Lord we pray. Amen.