Enduring Gratitude is Good

“O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;” [Psalm 107:1]

In this country, every year right around the near end of November most of us are, on the one hand, thinking about baked Turkey and the fixings, and on the other hand Gratitude—being grateful for so much that we have and enjoy.   We’re grateful for our families, friends, possessions—our state in life.

Gratitude can be good at all points.  It is morally appropriate to sincerely say “thank you.”  But enduring gratitude—now that’s more than saying thank you but is a state of being grateful all the time.  And it reaches far beyond Thanksgiving Day and all the other good food.

Enduring gratitude can also inhibit the spiritual awareness of God’s steadfast love that endures forever and is bestowed upon us all in so many ways whether we deserve it or not!  But enduring gratitude does more than being thankful for God’s steadfast love.

A person’s enduring gratitude is good because eventually, it takes a little time, enduring gratitude will break forth like a butterfly does from a caterpillar and become an astonishing reflection of God’s steadfast love in day to day encounters with humanity throughout one’s life.

Oh God in heaven, let it be so.  Amen.

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Lurecie M. Stokes

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