Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. Psalms 100:4 NKJV
When we receive a gift, it is customary to send a thank-you note. In doing this, we express appreciation for the present and the person's thoughtfulness. However, sometimes saying thank you is something we put off, not just for a week or two but never.
God continually provides us with gifts. The breath we draw, clothing, food, shelter, family, and friends all gifts from Him. We love receiving these blessings and take for granted they will continue to come. Yet, we are sometimes negligent in sending Him our thank-you notes—our prayers of gratitude.
Approaching the Thanksgiving Holiday, we often pause to reflect and express our gratitude. That's wonderful; however, it should be something other than a once-a-year activity. Instead, every day should be a thanksgiving. We should take a few minutes from the 24 hours God gives us to praise Him and show our gratefulness.
God, of all we are, all we've been given, and the gifts yet to come, we praise your Holy name and give thanks. We confess we are quick to receive but slow in giving thanks. Forgive us; we pray. Let us be ever mindful of your blessings and welcome them with grateful hearts. Amen.