Without thankfulness we remain blind to the goodness of God that is continually encompassing us, blessing and touching the issues of our lives and providing for our daily needs.
Familiarity can creep into our perspective and it will often blind us to the things for which we should be most grateful; the provision by our parents for our needs, the kindness of our friends, the meal when we are hungry, the roof over our head. The Savior who paid-in-full for our freedom.
It is usually at Easter that we pause and reflect on the sacrifice and cost of our freedom. If we’ve attended church for any length of time we may have grown familiar with the gifts that were showered upon us when Jesus took hold of us for the first time. The words of the Christian language may have become common and lost some of their luster in our heart as we’ve grown accustomed to the forgiveness that has been extended to us, and the expansiveness of all that’s been given to us in Christ.
At the opening of this New Year, let’s pause for a moment and give thanks. Let’s begin our year with thanksgiving. Let’s enter into this new season with a renewed vision because of a renewed heart.
Jesus, thank you for the agony of what you suffered on the cross that purchased my life from a prison of death. Thank you that what cost you everything, you’ve given to me for free. Thank you for this greatest gift, and for the many mercies and blessings that have flown into my life from you.