ThanksLiving

 

Psalms 105(104),2-3.4-5.6-7.

Sing praise, play music; proclaim all his wondrous deeds! 
Glory in his holy name; rejoice, O hearts that seek the LORD! 
Rely on the mighty LORD; constantly seek his face. 
Recall the wondrous deeds he has done, his signs and his words of judgment, 
You descendants of Abraham his servant, offspring of Jacob the chosen one! 
The LORD is our God who rules the whole earth. 

Responsorial Psalm for today

 

It is still quiet here in my house at 5 a.m. as I begin to write. (As well it should be!)  It’s just me and God and “Mac” is sitting here quietly on my lap (no, not a child I’ve neglected to mention.  It’s my laptop!)  and I am sipping my coffee.  (Yum!)  I am not sure that I’ve had enough coffee to make my thoughts completely coherent, but that has never stopped my fingers from flying on this keyboard before.  I won’t be letting it stop me today. I have a lot of things running through my head, all interconnected (well, at least in my brain they are!)  

 

The praises of the Psalmist echo through me.  Sing praise.  Glory in his holy name.  rejoice.  We are not to be a glum people!

 

Rely on the mighty LORD, seek his face, recall his deeds, signs, and words of judgment!  The LORD is our God who rules the whole earth.  Every part of it.  This day, as all other days, are days to rejoice in the Lord.  Like Father says in the audio file I shared yesterday, we all should say, “Thanks, God!” for everything.

 

Today I am saying, “Thanks, God!” for my family and my home.  I am saying, “Thanks, God!” for my vocation.  I am saying, “Thanks, God!” for the grace of my baptism, of all the sacraments, for his holy word, for godly friendships. I am saying, “Thanks, God!” for the gift of his Son who redeemed me, gave himself up for me, offers himself to the Father for me and  And I say, “Thanks, God!” for the chastisements he sends to me to correct me, to mould me, and to guide me.

 

“Thanks, God!” for the dishes in my sink.  “Thanks, God!” for the piles of laundry.  “Thanks, God!” for the stupidly high electric bill that I can pay, for the food in my fridge, the coffee in my cup, the new baseboards on my walls.  

 

I say it not only with my lips and my heart, but also with my actions.  I will thank him by taking care of my home and my family.  I will thank him by seeking his face, his grace and his will for me today and then doing whatever he tells me.  I will thank him by washing dishes and laundry, by paying that bill, by gratefully cooking that food….  

 

It is not enough for me to simply say, “Thanks, God!”  I must live that thanks.  ThanksLiving.  I have to mean it.  He will know, and I will know and all those around me will know that I mean it by how I embrace it.  In the first reading yesterday, Paul is telling us to “Do everything without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine like lights in the world, as you hold on to the word of life” (Phil 2: 14-16) 

 

How well I am living it will be measured by my attitude and actions.   Will I grumble or question, or will I obediently and joyfully live out his will for me?  Can I rejoice in the dishes? In folding laundry? In cleaning bathrooms?  Yes.  I can.  Today, by his grace, I will.  And tomorrow I will seek him again and ask him for the grace to do it all over again.

 

Life as we know it has changed.  We know that.  And yet some things, the most important things, remain.  As Paul tells us, “These three remain:  Faith, Hope and Love.  And the greatest of these is Love.”  God is love.  God remains.  Unchanging, unchangeable.  Bless his name at all times.  Let his praise be ever in our mouths!  Let’s do some ThanksLiving!

 

The lyrics of the song “Blessed be Your Name” by Tree63 come to mind. (You can hear it HERE.)  No matter what we face, let’s give God glory and honor and praise.  Blessed be the name of the Lord today and always, in all circumstances!

 

Blessed be your name
In the land that is plentiful
Where the streams of abundance flow
Blessed be your name

Blessed be your name
When I’m found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed be your name

Every blessing you pour out,
I turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say…
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be your glorious name

Blessed be your name
When the sun’s shining down on me
When the world’s all as it should be
Blessed be your name

Blessed be your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there’s pain in the offering
Blessed be your name

Every blessing you pour out,
I turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say…
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be your glorious name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, Blessed be your name

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About becomewhatyouare

Catholic, Middle-Aged, Knitting-Addicted, Wife, Homeschooler, Mom of 6, Mom-in-Law to 1, Mother of 11 little saints, Grandma to 1, Godmother to 12, Foster Mom to 5, Army mom, Happily living in Texas!
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2 Responses to ThanksLiving

  1. Beautiful post…and I needed that this morning…

  2. Jennifer says:

    Lovely, my friend! We must be thinking the same thing these days.

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