Recently we offered a bible study on intentional gratitude. In our discussions we were reminded that God has given us so much, but we need to be very intentional to notice God’s gifts, especially in a culture that encourages us to notice what we don’t have.  Today is Black Friday. All sorts of “deals” and “enticements” “are being dangled in front of us to get us to spend our money on things that in many instances we really don’t need. “More! More! More!” is the message that is given to us.  “Spend! Spend! Spend!” will make you happy.
Sigal Samuel says this about gratitude, “Over Thanksgiving, in between the mouthfuls of turkey and sweet potato pie, many of us will be asking ourselves: What are we grateful for?  Taking a moment to practice gratitude like this isn’t an empty holiday tradition.  It’s good for our mental and physical health.”  As we enter into the season of Advent/Christmas we challenge you to practice intentional gratitude – to pause and give thanks each day. Here a several ways to do that:  Journal – each day write down what you are thankful for, where you have experienced the present of the Holy, what has brought you joy.  Commit to writing one letter or making one phone call a day to someone that you are grateful for, someone who has blessed you along the way, or someone that you miss seeing during this pandemic. Make a blessing jar to countdown Advent.  Be creative and intentional in thanking God.  Let gratitude fill your soul.
Choosing to notice God’s abundant blessings in our lives deepens our relationship with God and brings us a joy that causes our hearts to sing.

Scripture Reading:  Psalm 92:4
For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;
at the works of your hands I sing for joy.” 

Reflection Questions:
When was the last time you sang for joy?
Where have you seen the work of the Lord?
What blessings have you experienced today?

Prayer: Loving God, we give you thanks for this day, for our family, our friends and for all the times our heart sings for joy. Amen.

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