February 10

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Thank God!

A popular phrase, often said with more emphasis on the day of the week than anything else: “T.G.I.F. – Thank God it’s Friday.” TGIF

A phrase often said when something lost is found, or when a crisis is avoided, but usually isn’t meant to be taken with any meaning: “Oh, thank God!

A phrase often heard at home around mealtime: “This again?!?

A phrase from the Bible:

The hope of an ungrateful person will melt like wintry frost, and flow away like waste water. Book of Wisdom 16:29

In other words, if we’re not grateful for the gifts God has given us – however big or small – we’ll quickly lose hope in our salvation. We’ll forget his love for us altogether!

I was playing a game with some people a few days ago and a guy dislocated and broke his ankle – some of the group had to take him to the hospital. While they were gone, those of us who remained prayed for him: we thanked God for his love, for our health, and we thanked God even for allowing this other guy to share in the suffering of Jesus. We maintained an “attitude of gratitude” because we knew that such an attitude will keep us hopeful of God’s love for us.Thank God

When we speak these phrases that include, “Thank God!” we should actually thank God in the moment. We need to take time each day – include it in your prayer time – to thank God for everything, even for our very existence. Doing so will remind us that God does indeed love us and has invited us to share in the salvation of his Son. Our gratitude will fill us with hope!

Thank him for your life. Thank him for your family. Thank him for your friends. Thank him for allowing you to go to school. Thank him for allowing you to have a job. Thank him for food (even if it’s the same meal over and over again) and drink. Thank him for animals and nature. Thank him for the flat tire. Thank him for the icy roads. Thank him for the red light. Thank him for everything. Thank God, literally.