Happy Thanksgiving, 2016

Fall foliage, Blue Ridge Parkway

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name –  Psalm 100:4 (NIV)

Psalm 100 is one of the songs of  ascents—or a Psalm that was sung as the Jews entered Temple. It tells us that thanksgiving and praise has little to do with emotions; they are choices that we make as we prepare our hearts for worship.

Reflection: Take a moment now and ask yourself: What can I be thankful for? How can I praise God’s name today? Don’t be surprised to see your heart change as you do, because praise and thanksgiving is designed to take our eyes off of ourselves and place them on the One who has the power to change us.

This meditation is adapted from David Whitehead (2016).

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