I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy. – Philippians 1:2-4
These words of the Apostle Paul make me smile every time I read them.
Consider that these words are not only of Paul, but ultimately of God. What a comfort that these tender words are part of his love letter to us, his children!
We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers. – 1 Thessalonians 1:2
Paul showed great wisdom in expressing his love and gratitude for those he held dear. No matter what trial he was going through – everything from being stoned to being shipwrecked – he took time to tell his fellow Christians that he loved them and prayed for them.
Considering my rather comfortable circumstances, I should be able to manage that as well.
I think about the people who bring me joy: my husband, my children, my parents. I rest securely in the knowledge of their unconditional love.
I thank God upon every remembrance of my pastor, who is cheerful, steady, wise, and unselfish. I am so very thankful for my in-laws, who have always been godly examples to my children, and kind, generous friends to my husband and I. My overseas friend, Natalie, is down-to-earth and unflappable. Though she and her family are missionaries in faraway Tanzania, we have maintained our friendship through snail mail, email, facebook messages, and phone calls, as often as we can. I pray for her, and she prays for me.
And, I am abundantly blessed by you, my dear blogging friends, who take time to read my posts and share your insights.
I am so fortunate to have many loved ones for whom I can thank God upon every remembrance of them!
And I must never forget to tell them so.
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. – Gilbert K. Chesterton
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. – William Arthur Ward
Whom are you most thankful for, and why? Be sure to tell them so!