In light of the COVID-19 world we are living in, you may feel it is a little more challenging to find reasons to be grateful. In Psalm 66, we are told to remember all he has done for us. Even when we are going through difficult times, we need to remember that "he holds our lives in his hands. And he holds our feet to the path" (vs. 9), and he will see us through and bring us to a "place of abundance" (vs. 12).
The second passage is well-known and loved by most of us - the story of Jesus washing his disciples' feet. Through Christ's example, he powerfully demonstrates how we are to serve others: through service, love and humility. This passage also teaches us about forgiveness, as in the Bible, washing and cleansing is a sign of forgiveness. When we put our faith in Jesus, we are made totally clean and forgiven. As we live day-to-day, however, we say or do things that tarnish our relationship with God. Each day we must pray for God to forgive us and cleanse us from the grime of life.
The final passage for today is when Saul is chosen to be the king over the Israelites. The Israelites cried to God for a king because every surrounding country had a king. This is a reminder for us today to not compare ourselves to others or covet what they have. The Israelites had forgotten that they had the ultimate king and leader. God gave them the desires of their heart, and initially, Saul was filled with the Spirit of God (vs.13) and had great wisdom. Throughout the chapter, Samuel reminds the Israelites to remember how God had given success to his people when they cried out to him. In vs. 23, Samuel says, "As for me, far be it for me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you." Don't get so caught up in your own needs and cares that you fail to pray for others. The passage ends with Samuel telling the people "to consider what great things he has done for you" (vs 24).
Whatever else is going on in your life through these crazy days of social distancing and self-isolation, look back, consider and celebrate all God has done for you. I think you will see there is much to celebrate and be grateful for!
Fantastic Mom, gifted Executive Assistant and much-loved wife of our Lead Pastor!