Reflections of God's Goodness
God Delights in Giving us Gifts
From the very beginning, God created us to be in relationships, with Him and with each other. As we move towards the annual celebration of Thanksgiving, think about how you have been blessed through the people in your life.
A good friend who never fails to cheer you up, a spouse whose daily acts of love brings joy and gratitude. Think about a sister who shares the secrets of your heart and encourages you day by day or a co-worker always willing to go the extra mile to be helpful to everyone.
Everything is a gift, calling us to deeper gratitude and love. November is the perfect time to renew the habit of gratitude in our life. Traditionally, it is the month to be thankful. Take this opportunity to give thanks to God for each person He has placed in your life.
All good living and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights...
Think about each person and how they enrich your life. See each one as a special gift from God. Look for the goodness of God echoed in each of them. Maybe take a few minutes each morning or evening to identify a person who touched you, or a person you reached out to and found images of God and His goodness.
Keeping a gratitude journal is a proven way to grow in gratitude. Writing things down helps us remember! I recently came across the idea of a ‘gratitude jar’. Find a jar and prepare slips of paper. Each day, write down the name of at least one person God brings to mind. If you want, you could add a line about what you love about that person or how they have touched your life.
When the time seems right, sit in a quiet place with your ‘gratitude jar’ and read what you have written. Thank God for each person He has placed in your life.
It seems to me that if we can do this, by the time we sit around our Thanksgiving table we will have hearts full of love and gratitude for each person who has come to celebrate with us!
May your Thanksgiving be marked with love and filled with gratitude to our God who calls us into a relationship with Himself and the many people He has given us to love.
Sister Mary Ann Barnhorn
...love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.