“Thankful for” List

By Marian Hassell of Richmond, Virginia, USA

Thus in their prosperous circumstances they did not send away any who were naked, or that were hungry, or that were athirst, or that were sick, or that had not been nourished. And they did not set their hearts upon riches; therefore they were liberal to all, both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, whether out of the church or in the church, having no respect to persons as to those who stood in need.  Alma 1:45–47

Prayer and thanksgiving are interwoven throughout the scriptures of the church. If we can look past the Christmas decorations in the stores, we are entering our season of thanksgiving in the USA. Canada celebrates this day in October.

For many, the season is synonymous with a family dinner, but there is much more to it than that.

For us as Christ’s disciples, the question is not whether we observe a scheduled day of thanksgiving, but are we a thankful people? Many families have careers that take them in different directions during the week but allow for weekends together. An article I read recently talked about staying involved in each other’s lives by keeping daily lists of “memorable moments and random thoughts” that occur throughout the day.

Would we deepen our relationship with God if we kept a “thankful for” list of the people, things, and ideas we encounter daily and then take that list to our times of personal worship? Our efforts to become purposefully thankful could become a spiritual practice. This would help us to cherish the world around us.

Our “thankful for” list could make us more aware of the blessings God continuously bestows on us. Also, we would be more aware of the ways we could be a blessing to others.

Prayer for Peace:

Generous God, we would be generous, too. May we take hospitality to all who stand in need.

Spiritual Practice:

Honoring and keeping the Sabbath is a spiritual discipline that nourishes persons, families, and congregations. Spend several minutes meditating on your plans for the day. Discern ways you can give intentional attention to God, the sacredness of life, and creation. Slow your pace, breathe deeper, see more clearly and compassionately, create spaces of quiet and solitude. Spend time in nature. Be alert for signs of beauty and divine presence. Cook and eat your food with keen awareness of color, taste, texture, fragrance. Listen to music, look closely at the face of a loved one, laugh and talk together. Pray over these Sabbath possibilities and enter the day with reverence.

Peace Covenant:

Today, God. I will make a list of how I can be more generous. I will begin to carry out items on the list.

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  1. “For us as Christ’s disciples, the question is not whether we observe a scheduled day of thanksgiving, but are we a thankful people?”

    I think this is very true!

  2. Susan

     /  17 November 2012

    Entering into depression again, tonight I found your suggestion of making a thankful list. With tears of gratitude, I wrote a long list of blessings that made me realize that He is indeed carrying me. Thank you so much. I am indeed rich as His daughter!

  3. Such a wonderful simple thing to do with such great rewards, for the more we praise and thank HIM the more HE gives in return meeting all of our needs! Praise God!


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