“When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God…. ” (NIV) Deut. 8:10
Sometimes we are prone to overlook the little things that are freely given for our enjoyment. Not until such little gifts run out or are squandered, their place in life seem to be in total oblivion. Let us all consider and humbly pause for a moment to say “thank you” for such kindness lavished on us on a daily basis.
Dear Lord we thank you for everything you have given to us; the sound sleep that refreshes, day and night that we may have a balanced schedule, the oxygen we inhale and the carbon dioxide that is expelled, the birds that praise You every morning and remind us to do same, a place we can call home, even if homeless we find a sleeping place. Lord we continue to thank you for the food you give us, the appetite to appreciate delicacies, the ability to digest what we ingest. For our friends, families, marriages, singlehood, foes, colleagues, professions, mentors, gender, domicile, countries of origin, race, blood group and genetic composition. Lord we are much grateful in that by these we would seek you, reach out to you and ultimately find you (Acts 17:26-27).
While away from home, many dangers surround us and yet we are kept safe through them all- Lord we thank You: for the ability to sense danger and to react correctly, crossing the road several number of times without mishaps, getting lovely people to help us when we are sick, recovery from diseases that come upon us. Can we talk about the countless things that we now possess compared with the day we were born with just nothing? Dear Lord we thank you for the clothes that cover us, the phones that we use (we are sorry though for speaking more to our phones than to You), people who sacrifice everything for us to excel, for our bank accounts even if they are cashless. Lord we are grateful.
Above all Lord we thank you for all the spiritual blessings in Christ (Eph. 1:3), for the angel that encamps around us (Psalm 34:7), Your Spirit who lives in us (Rom. 8:9b), Your word which leads us (Heb. 4:12). Lord, your love is better than life (Psalm 63:3) and therefore our lips shall just remember to always praise You and surrender ourselves to You. Amen.