Thankful Hearts

By Fr. Philip,

St. John the Evangelist Church, Baker, MT

“With my mouth I will give thanks abundantly to the LORD; and in the midst of many I will praise Him.” Psalm 109:30. Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday with wonderful food. It is a time to celebrate that God has given us so much bounty that we can stuff ourselves with food. It is also a time to get together with family, eat delicious food and in general feel good about ourselves. We loosen our belt buckles a notch, settle into the couch and enjoy a couple of football games. I wish and pray for all the Farmers and Ranchers for their hard work and may God give good health and protect you always.

I once heard of a little boy who refused to say his evening prayers one night, not out of defiance, but simply because he couldn’t think of anything he wanted. He didn’t see much point in praying when there wasn’t anything to ask for. When his mother heard his dilemma, she suggested he give thanks for all the things he had instead. So the little boy got on his knees and thanked the Lord for everything he could think of – from his favorite toy to the fact he wasn’t blind like the boy down the street. His evening prayers were longer that night, because he was thankful for more than he wanted. We often have opposite dilemma.

We find it hard to pray, not because we don’t have anything to ask for, because we’re too disheartened to pray. Our prayers seem to hit a stone ceiling, our prayers go unanswered for years, or we simply don’t receive the peace we used to enjoy in times of prayer. But maybe we can’t pray, because we’ve forgotten to be thankful. Like this little boy, what if we took some time and turned our prayers into words of only thanks? When you pray today, don’t ask for one single thing. Just give Thanks. “With thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7.

l thank you Lord, for the person who is reading this today, and I pray that they will give thanks abundantly to the Lord; and in the midst of many they will praise him. Amen. I thank God for everything, every day. Wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.


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