From the Upper Room

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I kind of liked today’s devotional so I thought I would share with everyone.   I know I probably don’t get a lot of readership but  just in case . . .

Read Psalm 107:1-9

O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.

– Psalm 107:1 (NRSV)

Today’s Devotional

When I was a child, my mother and father taught me the importance of the words please and thank you. Over the past 60 plus years, I’ve learned again and again just how powerful these words can be both in conversation and in prayer.

Reflecting recently on my daily prayers, I found myself using the word pleasefrequently — very frequently in fact. I used the words thank you, too, but not as often. I realized that my petitions and requests were far more numerous than my expressions of gratefulness and appreciation for the blessings God has already provided. Wanting to change that, I decided to begin silently saying “thank you!” throughout the day — every time I sense God’s presence or every time I experience one of God’s blessings.

As a result of a more purposeful focus on my expressions of gratitude, the power of those simple words my parents taught me decades ago has been renewed. My silent acknowledgments of God’s boundless blessings throughout the day are a vivid and pleasant reminder of God’s care and constant presence. As we say please and thank you to God, we are continually reminded of God’s amazing grace, peace, and steadfast love that endure forever!

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