Lights for Thankfulness

Wealth of Mercy & Grace

Father of all grace and mercy, thank you. Thank you for being God like you are God. Thank you for extending grace when I have not deserved it. Thank you for giving mercy when I most needed it. Thank you for giving life when I thought my life was doomed and hopeless. May my wealth be in mercy and grace much more than money and gold. Help me be more like you. In the name of Jesus, my older Brother and Savior, I pray. Amen.

Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in our transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4-5

(via Verse of the Day)

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Lights for Thankfulness

Remind Me

Oh God when I have food, help me to remember the hungry. When I have work, help me to remember the jobless. When I have a warm home, help me to remember the homeless. When I am without pain, help me to remember those who suffer. And while I am remembering, help me to destroy my complacency and bestir my compassion. Make me concerned enough to help, by words and deeds, those who cry out for what we take for granted.

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

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Lights for Thankfulness, Lights for Trust and Faithfulness

Close to God

I am thankful, O God, that You refused to be God from a safe distance. Because You came and felt what it was like to be abandoned, forsaken, and alone, I know I can trust that I will never be forsaken by You. Please give me a clearer sense of Your presence with me in my life today, I pray through Jesus. Amen.

In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and he answered by setting me free. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? Psalm 118:5-6

(via Verse of the Day)

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Of Treasures

Irrespective of how much rapture or rupture this year brings—whether I receive a windfall of comfortable circumstances or a waterfall of difficult providences, what matters the most is treasuring You, precious Christ Jesus; for if You are my treasure, You’ll have my heart and, therefore, everything else about me.

You’ll have my affection, and therefore, full sway over my longings, cravings, and wanderings. You’ll have my tears, to show your mercy and compassion for the broken and heavy-hearted. You’ll have my laughter, to bring your joy and encouragement to the weary and exhausted. You’ll have my fears, so I won’t give in to unbelief and the whisperings of the enemy. You’ll have my failures and burdens, so I won’t try to be my own savior, again and again. You’ll have my disappointments and hurts, so I won’t become preoccupied with relief or paralyzed with revenge.

Jesus, treasuring you is easy, for you first treasured us in the gospel. You weren’t so much a treasure we found in a field, as much as we were rebels you ran after and won for yourself. We make much of you, Jesus, because you’ve made so much of us by your life, death and resurrection. We embrace you only in response to your engulfing embrace of everlasting love.

Exponentially increase our capacity to love you, delight in you, and treasure you this year, Lord Jesus. So very Amen we pray, in your glorious and grace-full name.

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not corrupt and thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-20

(via Heavenward by Scotty Smith)

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Lights for Daily Life, Lights for Thankfulness

Mundane or Miraculous?

Gracious God, help us to learn to feel more gratitude,as I know this is a sure route to happiness. We all spends so much of his time looking up at the great things that will come our way and planning our future happiness and not nearly enough time looking down and thinking about how badly we used to want so many of the things we currently have. We are not completely ungrateful, Lord, You can see in our hearts and therefore You know that. But we are often feeble enough to wallow in wanting instead of thanking. Open our hearts and eyes to the miracles of the everyday. Help us feel grateful for what we have – a cold monday morning (during which we are alive and healthy), returning to work after vacations (we are lucky to have jobs AND vacations!) – for what we are tempted to brush off as mundane is part of Your gifts to us, and as such, yet another blessing, yet another reason to praise You Lord. Amen.

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Lights for Thankfulness

Love First

Holy Father, I want to sing your praises for Your only Son, given to us as a sigh of your everlasting love for us. Through Him we are saved and in Him we are given to touch a bit of the divine even from the lowering of our earthly condition. Thank You, Eternal Lord, for the best gift anyone could ever ask for.

Thank you for that beautiful day we remember the birth of our Savior: it is indeed merry and bright.  Thanks be to you, Eternal Lord, for the chance You have given me to celebrate such a joyful occasion with many loved ones. I recognize that, while I have a beautiful family, not everybody is surrounded by love. I realize that these are precious gifts, that one should care for and protect from the evil of the world. Help me always remember how blessed I am.

Father in heaven! You have loved us first; help us never forget that you are love so that this sure conviction might triumph in our hearts over seduction of the world, over the disquiet of the soul, over anxiety for the future, over the fright of the past, over distress of the moment.  But grant also that this conviction might discipline our soul so that our hearts might remain faithful and sincere, in the love which we bear to all those whom you have commanded us to love as we love ourselves.

Let us join in with all to celebrate Christmas and its wonderous gift! Let us be one family as we proclaim your Kingdom! Not only with our family and friends, but the whole human Family, as we are made brothers and sisters through Your Holy love, in Jesus Christ our Lord, in whose name I pray! Amen.

Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife. Proverbs 17:1

(inspired by a prayer by Søren Kierkegaard | via Come Weary Mom)

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Signs and Gratefulness

Thank you, O God, for hearing my prayer and granting my request for peace of mind by offering me signs of Your presence. Thank You for all the kindness You have shown me, even in my moments of doubts.

Thank You, Father, for Your great love in giving me my life, for Your great patience in preserving me despite my sinfulness, for Your protection in the past and for the opportunity to serve and honor You in the future. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for keeping me numberless times from sin and death by the toils of Your life, the sufferings of Your Passion, and by Your victorious resurrection. Thank You, Holy Spirit of God, for bestowing so many graces upon my soul and for having so frequently renewed Your life within me.

May my life, from now on, be a sign of my gratefulness. Amen.

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