SOMETIMES, BECAUSE WE ARE NOT THANKFUL, we become sorry for ourselves and feel neglected. It is in being thankful that we see how truly rich we are.
I have a friend who works with the deaf. Her work is very demanding and exhausting. Some days she begins to feel tired and depressed. But she is a woman of prayer.
“Whenever I begin to feel depressed,” she told me, “I think of something for which I am happy, and I say, ‘Thank you, Lord.’ Then I think of something else for which I am happy. Again I say, ‘Thank you, Lord.’ Then I think of something else, and say it again.
“Before I know it, I’ve completely forgotten about being depressed, and my whole day is bright again!”
– John Killinger
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End your prayer time with a prayer of thanksgiving. Share your thoughts.
Listen to me, O coastlands, pay attention, you peoples from far away! The LORD called me before I was born, while I was in my mother’s womb he named me.
Isaiah 49:1, NRSV
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This week we remember: Macrina the Elder (January 14).
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