Recently, someone shared an article with me on the two kinds of gratitude which was most interesting. If we take someone a wrapped gift, does she unwrap the gift and then thank us profusely or does she set the gift down and embrace us before she even unwraps it. This really sparked some thought with me. Always, before Jesus prayed, he first expressed gratitude to God for all He had done! As we express that type of gratitude, isn’t our thought lifted to a spiritual level? Or are we always praying to get something or to get well or whatever?
I Chronicles 29:11 reads, “Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.” Isn’t that a wonderful way to begin all prayer? I think I will do that.
As this season of gift-giving begins, my prayer is to only give gifts from the heart. So often, this is the time filled with stress and anxiety if we are not careful. This year I choose to understand more about the Love God has for me and all His children and this is the real gift worth giving. In 1 Peter 1:22 it reads, “Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart.” This also includes ones who may not appear to love me in return. I choose growth in grace.
This afternoon my husband and I will be attending a Grandparents Day party at a local school where we were asked by a neighborhood dad who is raising his four-year old alone. When we told the father we would be honored to attend, he replied that his son would be thrilled.
Our hearts are softened by this invitation as I was reminded once more how priceless the gifts from the heart are. So grateful for this opportunity to express love.
Jeremiah 31:3 reads, “The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.'” Our duty is to express the same.