A Thankful Heart

Lord, please help me to have a thankful heart

When I don’t feel like it, when I don’t feel grateful for anything

When I feel entitled to everything

At those times in particular, remind me

Of all the blessings that I enjoy every day 

Such as running water, hot water, a warm bed

More food than I need, a home to live in

A flushing toilet, electricity at the flip of a switch

Paid vacation, health insurance, free time, time to serve and help others

Fun friends, loving family, living in a beautiful part of Your world

A personal relationship with You, Jesus, the Son of the Creator of the Cosmos!

Being part of a community of faith, being known and loved anyway

The promise of life after death; roses blooming in my garden in the autumn

The joy of growing veggies; meaningful work; laughter and tears

A reason to get up every morning; Your endless gifts of faith, hope, and love

Help me to remember and be thankful that I’m not living in a war-zone

Fearing for my life each day, or fleeing for safety by night

Lord, please give me a thankful heart, a generous, sharing heart

A heart overflowing with joy and gratefulness

For the countless gifts You shower upon us

Not because of anything we have done to deserve them

But because of Your great love for all of Your children                 

© Rosalind Renshaw

1 Chronicles 16:34

O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;

for His steadfast love endures forever.

Psalm 9:1

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;

I will tell of all Your wonderful deeds.

Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts; so I am helped,

and my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him.

Colossians 3:15

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed

you were called in the one body. And be thankful.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

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