Scripture: Psalm 116
Key verses: (12-14) “What shall I return to the Lord for all his bounty to me? 13 I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord, 14 I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.”
Reflection: On this day of Thanksgiving we give thanks as a country, as communities, as families, as individuals. We carve out some time to recognize and acknowledge our many blessings and to thank God for them. Compared to most citizens of this world our blessings are heaped up and running over. Even when we are facing challenges and are struggling with difficult circumstances it is still possible to find blessings for which we are grateful.
The psalmist was able to see God working in people’s lives as illness was overcome, tears were dried up and stumbling feet set firmly on the ground again. It was this kind of deliverance that prompted the rhetorical question: “What shall I return to the Lord for all his bounty to me?” What, indeed? When our hearts and minds turn to thanksgiving, what can we offer to the Holy God? All we can do is raise our toast of gratitude and proclaim the faithfulness of God for all to hear.
Today, find a way to say aloud to someone else how God has blessed or is blessing you. Say out loud what you are thankful for. Give God credit for the all bounty with which God has blessed you.
Have a grateful and appreciative Thanksgiving!
Prayer: For all our many blessings, we give you thanks, O Lord! For life and living and each new day, we give you thanks. No gifts have we to offer for all your love imparts, but that which you desire of us—our humble, thankful hearts. Amen.
Author: Von Clemans
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].