James 1:17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.
Romans 8:28 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
These two verses help us see that God is a good God and he is to be credited for every good gift we receive. His goodness also extends the the bod things we experience in life. While he does not intend those things for us or orchestrate us be the recipients of evil, those experiences are not wasted either. He can take the most difficult of situations and use them for his glory if we submit them to him.
We should all be more thankful when we pray. The follow is a prayer of thanksgiving.
Thank you, thank you, thank you generous God!
You have injected life with joy, thus we know laughter.
You have dabbed creation with color, thus we enjoy beauty.
You have whistled a divine tune into the rhythm of life, thus we hear music.
You have filled our minds with questions, thus we appreciate mystery.
You have entered our hearts with compassion, thus we experience faith.
Thank you God, thank you. Thank you!
-C. Welton Gaddy
What should you be thankful for today?
Written by Larry Westfall. Copyright © Finding Wonder 2016.