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November '16

"I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds."—Psalm 9:1

Reflection:

Did you know that being thankful is a form of worship to God? Actually, it's the very essence of it.

Being the Giver of all good things, our heavenly Father deserves our praise and gratitude, doesn't He? Besides, a purposeful recounting of His goodness and grace each day is what He expects...and cherishes.

Stop for a moment and think: What lifts me beyond myself? Is it a prayer of praise, or perhaps a song of joy?

Recently, while walking in the golden sunlit woods of the arboretum in Chaska, MN—feeling all tuckered out, as the Amish say—I began to offer a simple thanks to the Lord, a silent prayer at first, then a conversational one.

Soon, I was overcome with tears as I listed the spiritual blessings in my life, asking nothing for myself, just this intimate sharing from my heart...to His.

Well, I began to feel buoyed by the experience, raised up from my former doldrums. And, guess what? That gratitude-filled moment lingered with me the rest of the day and stretched into the week. My thankfulness became worship...and a surprising renewal took place.

This Thanksgiving, long before we gather with friends and family around food-laden tables, let's carve out time for quiet moments with the One who deserves all of our worship and praise, every single day.

Blessings abundant,

Beverly Lewis