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What are you grateful for in January 2017?
Have you recalled all the experiences and events you are thankful for from 2016? Yes, every year life has times of struggle, suffering, stress and despair. But also yes, we can remember and express gratitude for moments of victory, hope, peace and joy.
Can you remember some “reasons for gratitude” from a family vacation last year? A date with your spouse? An event with your children? A mountain top moment with your work? A mission trip or time serving others? A particularly moving prayer or quiet time with God? The list could go on. As I reflect and remember, I find energy and momentum to look for “gratitude moments” in 2017. (One year ago I was grateful for the December 2015 moment with my son when we photographed the Mojave Desert night sky – see below).
The song Guardians of the Night was inspired by Psalm 136. This Psalm names twenty-six “thank you reasons” followed by twenty-six “for God’s steadfast love endures forever.” One of these is for the moon and stars which are “guardians of the night.” This reminds me to even be thankful for a good night’s rest, to God for watching over me during the night, and for giving to His beloved even while we sleep (Psalm 127:2).
How can you keep gratitude in your heart and mind throughout this New Year?
Psalm 136:4-9 (The Message, NIV)
“Thank the miracle-working God…The God whose skill formed the cosmos…
The God who laid out earth on ocean foundations…The God who filled the skies with light…
The sun to watch over the day…Moon and stars as guardians of the night. His love endures forever.”