I will give thanks to God with all my heart. (Psalm 111:1; read Psalm 111 in its entirety.)
We can be thankful in the midst of a pandemic. We can give thanks for the beauties of every day and kindnesses of friends and strangers. The whole universe conspires for our wellbeing and sustenance, despite pockets of chaos and disease. Life moves within us, providing the energy we need to wake and respond to each new day.
The German mystic, Meister Eckhardt, noted that “if the only prayer you make is ‘thank you,’ that will suffice.” Gratitude roots us in the supportive interdependence of life. Gratitude connects us with our human and non-human neighbors and their gifts to us. Without this supportive environment, we could not exist. But through the grateful interdependence of life, we can flourish, grow, create, adventure, and support our neighbors.
Take time to count your blessings. Take time to give thanks for each tender mercy, loving relationship, and learning opportunity.
And, we can give thanks to God for the presence of Jesus in our lives, for the new life he gives, for his gift of inspiration and salvation, and his nearness each moment of day and for all our lives long.
I want to share one of my favorites – “I Thank You Jesus” by Kenneth Morris – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TJIdMTeIPM
Thank you, loving God, for you presence in my life. Help me to count my blessings and then share these blessings with others. Amen.
Bruce Epperly is a Cape Cod pastor, professor, and author of over 50 books, including HOPE BEYOND PANEDEMIC, FAITH IN A TIME OF PANDEMIC, GOD ONLINE: A MYSTIC’S GUIDE TO TEH INTERNET, and PROCESS THEOLOGY: EMBRACING ADVENTURE WITH GOD.