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.
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will tell of all Your wonderful deeds.
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.
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.