This past summer, I purchased an economy-sized box of Thank You notes. They were attractive, and I was certain I’d put them to good use! Months later, that extremely large box of barely-used cards now sits on the table almost mocking me.
To make matters worse, during the month of November, people seem to get all grateful on social media, posting #thirtydaysofthankfulness and other such things. Before you write me off as some type of Scrooge, please know that I DO live a life of gratitude. I just really have become a slouch when it comes to writing thank you notes, so today’s blog is the beginning of my attempt to turn things around.
This morning I say thank you for a warm mug of black coffee and my old, soft bathrobe. Thank you for a dog who still loves me even though I ran out of his favorite dental treats. Thank you for a clear head and a heart full of love and a reason to get out of bed this morning. These thank you’s lead me to spend some time in prayer with the Psalms:
I will always thank the LORD; I will never stop praising him.
I will praise him for what he has done; may all who are oppressed listen and be glad!
Proclaim with me the LORD’s greatness; let us praise his name together!
I prayed to the LORD, and he answered me; he freed me from all my fears. (Psalm 34: 1-4, GNT)
Thank you for this day, Lord. Thank you for the people I will encounter. Help me to use this day to share the gifts you’ve given with everyone I meet. Let me trust in your goodness and mercy! Thank you, Lord, for loving me even on the days when I am not acting particularly lovable. Thank you for knowing what sits on my heart and for continuing to walk with me on the best of days and the worst of days. Thank you for your unceasing love and guidance.
Thank you for all the things in life that are, in all actuality, not things at all—the people, the conversations, the grace-filled moments that remind me that I’m just one small part of something so much bigger and wonderful than this human brain can even fathom. Thank you for continuing to fill me, your humble servant, with awe and wonder, Lord: I thank you LORD, with all my heart. (Psalm 138: 1, GNT).