Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name. (Psalm 100:3)
A couple of quotes on being thankful: “The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings” (Henry Ward Beecher); “There is no such thing as gratitude unexpressed. If it is unexpressed, it is plain, old-fashioned ingratitude” (Robert Brault). Now let me connect the dots here: as you go through this season of Thanksgiving, may you have a thankful heart that looks for all the blessings in your life, and as you discover those blessings, may you be quick to express your gratitude for them. One final quote: “The prayer that begins with trustfulness, and passes on into waiting, will always end in thankfulness, triumph, and praise.” (Alexander MacLaren) My prayer for you during this season of ‘thanksgiving,’ may your prayers would begin in a spirit of trust in the God Who has shown Himself to be trust-worthy, may they be done with a willingness to wait upon Him and His grace for His Loving response, and may your prayer, your time in the Presence of the Lord Jesus Christ, produce in you, for the whole world to see, a heart of “thankfulness, triumph and praise.”
Do not be anxious about anything,
but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6).