Thursday, November 23, 2023

Giving Thanks

I give thanks to the Lord that he became my heavenly Father when he called me to be his child and sealed me as part of his eternal family through the waters of Baptism.

I give thanks to the Lord that he has revealed his name to us.  He is not a nameless god that makes us guess his name, or even guess whether or not he exists.  He is the great I Am.  He tells us everything we need to know about him in his own divinely inspired words contained in the Bible.  Not only that, but when he came to earth to save us, he took another name, Jesus, the only name given to us by which we must and shall be saved.

I give thanks to the Lord that He reigns in heaven and on earth, and that he takes an active role in the lives of all, stopping or permitting hardships, depending on which will be of the greatest good to those who love him.

I give thanks to the Lord that he gives me all that I need today to support my life here on earth, from food to clothing to shelter to medicine to transportation to the people around me.

I give thanks to the Lord that he richly and daily forgives all my sins, not because of anything I have done, but because of what Jesus has done in my place.

I give thanks to the Lord that he gives me the ability and desire and courage to forgive those who sin against me.

I give thanks to the Lord that he helps me to resist the temptation to sin whenever I ask him to, and that he actively keeps me out of Satan's clutches.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are the Lord's, now and forever.  Amen.


  1. What a wonderful tribute to your faith in our Savior! -Mom

    1. Glad you liked it -- it's really just an expansion on the Lord's Prayer, which Catechism class has been studying lately, so I've had its larger meaning fresh in my mind for a while :-)


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