A Prayer of Thanks

This week, as I sat down to write my devotion for today, I paused to look out the window and soak in the moment of quiet. My kids were back at school after a very fun (and very noisy) spring break, and I savored the moment of stillness and peace.

And–maybe because of the gorgeous day outside and the beautiful sound of the birds in my backyard, or maybe because I had such a fun week with my husband and kids over spring break–when I finally began to type, I was overwhelmed with gratefulness…

And as I wrote, I prayed…

Thank you, God, for this day filled with peace, because it’s made me appreciate the moments of quiet. And thank you for the times in my life without peace, because they’ve caused me to turn to you for calm and rest.

Thank you, God, for my health because I feel strong and vibrant today. And thank you for the times I haven’t been healthy, because they’ve made me realize how precious each day is.

Thank you, God, for the blessings in my life, because they remind me that you are the giver of all good gifts. And thank you for the loss and unanswered prayers I’ve known because they’ve helped me to trust you and remember that you can make good come out of all things.

Thank you, God, for the light in my life—your love, the smiles of my kids, the kiss of my husband. And thank you for the darkness I’ve known, because it’s made me run to you, in search of the light.

Thank you for my family and friends, because I can’t picture my life without them. And thank you for the promise that, in knowing you, even after this life is over, I’ll be with them still.

Thank you, God, for the world I live in, for I’m grateful to be alive in such a time as this. And thank you that…

“God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NCV

Thank you for your love.

Thank you for your hope.

Thank you for your promises.

For they have touched my life more than any riches or success or achievement ever could.

What about you? What are you grateful for today?

2 Responses to A Prayer of Thanks
  1. Stacey
    April 17, 2009 | 3:34 pm

    What a beautiful post!

  2. Becky
    April 17, 2009 | 5:40 pm

    You made me cry. You said everything I was feeling perfectly! Thank you so much for that.