It is so easy to focus on everything that is wrong with your life that you tend to lose sight of what has gone right. I have a lot to be thankful for, far more than what I have cause to mourn:
I am thankful that my family is still intact; that my parents are still married and none of our family is estranged from one another.
I am thankful for my good health, and that of those dear to me.
I am thankful for my security and safety, and that I don’t fear for my life at all times.
I am thankful that I do not want for food, or water, or shelter at night. That I don’t have to worry when my next meal will be, or if I will have enough clothes and warmth to survive the winter.
I am thankful for friends that care about me, and whom I care for in turn.
I am thankful that my Lord loved me enough that He was willing to suffer death for my sins on a cross. I thank those who introduced me to my faith, and helped keep it strong over my life. I am thankful that I may worship my God in peace, and have not been required to lay down my life for my faith.
1 Praise the Lord!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
2 Great are the works of the Lord,
studied by all who delight in them.
3 Full of honor and majesty is his work,
and his righteousness endures forever.
4 He has gained renown by his wonderful deeds;
the Lord is gracious and merciful.
5 He provides food for those who fear him;
he is ever mindful of his covenant.
6 He has shown his people the power of his works,
in giving them the heritage of the nations.
7 The works of his hands are faithful and just;
all his precepts are trustworthy.
8 They are established forever and ever,
to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
9 He sent redemption to his people;
he has commanded his covenant forever.
Holy and awesome is his name.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all those who practice it have a good understanding.
His praise endures forever.
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