The Thanksgiving choir

Bible Reading: Nehemiah 12: 31 - 43
Author: Lori Hatcher (South Carolina, US)
Sunday 9 September 2018 © The Upper Room.
Our family has been riding the emotional roller coaster of unemployment and job hunting. The morning I read the Nehemiah passage above, we had been particularly discouraged. My husband and I typically began our day by praying as we walked around our neighbourhood.But that morning we did something different.

Instead of praying for our needs, we decided to join our voices in a ‘thanksgiving choir’ – much like the choirs that Nehemiah set up. We made no requests, no intercessions, just overflowed with thankfulness. Like a ping-pong game, we batted blessings back and forth.

‘Thank you, Lord, for fresh starts and new mercies.’ ‘Thank you for family.’ ‘Thank you for a safe neighbourhood.’ ‘Thank you for meeting our needs.’ ‘Thank you for hope.’ And on and on it went. We walked for almost an hour and never ran out of blessings for which we were thankful. What began as a  discouraging day became a joyful day, simply because we obeyed God’s command to give thanks in every situation.
Prayer: Source of all blessings, thank you for filling our lives with good things, even during difficult times. Help us always to be grateful. Amen

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Just wanted to say I think the daily devotions site is great! It's fantastic to see someone putting vision into practice! Looking forward to watching them each day. It's also so good to see your testimony on the site :-) May God bless you and your family richly in this and everything! SH