The Discipline, Delights, and Deliverance of Gratitude

   “As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him… firmly rooted and now being built up in Him… established in your faith… and overflowing with gratitude. Col. 2:6-7

Heavenly Father, considering the opulent riches you’ve given us in Jesus, and the many good things you give us as a loving Father, “overflowing with gratitude” shouldn’t be difficult. Here’s where I start. (Add your stuff!)

March 7th, 1968, you raised me to new life in Jesus, forgave all my sins, declared me righteous in Christ. You placed your Spirit inside me, adopted me as your child, and hid my life in Jesus. Nothing can separate me from your love diminish your delight, or keep me out of heaven. Why should I ever pine, whine, or gripe about anything?

But there’s more—much more. Thank you for home, food, and clothing. May I never assume the right to such things. Thank you for the joy of baking/sharing cobblers, painting with pixels (photography), fishing in cool places, and the music of the 60’s (and other decades!).

Thank you for the awesome Darlene (my wife), 2 big kids and 4 very-grand-kids. Thank you for my “Gospel-posse”—partners in grace, growth and your present and coming Kingdom.

And a huge Hallelujah for our coming life in the new heaven and new earth—that eternal Day when all sin, brokenness, and evil expire; and you finish making all things new. Father, you are totally awesome and immeasurably generous. So very Amen I pray, in Jesus’ tender and triumphant name.