Why We Feel Gratitude
First and foremost, we are thankful for God’s love, and we recognize that gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. Stopping each day to give thanks is part of our daily routine in prayer.
So much depends on giving thanks for every part of our lives. Without gratitude, we are empty shells that merely exist. Sometimes our gratitude reveals itself in small ways from smiling upon first waking up in the morning to admiring a butterfly that has landed on a blooming flower. Without uttering a word, these feelings of gratitude show up throughout each day.
We are thankful for the special family and friends in our lives, and we are so blessed that their acts of kindness and love support us in times of need. We’re fortunate that because of them and, with God’s love, our lives are complete.
Expressing gratitude is such an easy task, although we often don’t take the time, even just a few minutes, to do so. Telling friends how much we appreciate their work or talents or kindness can mean so much to them and, in doing so, renews our own spirit of love and gratitude.
The Bible encourages us to express gratitude no matter our life circumstances and to know that thankfulness should permeate our lives.
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Linda and Doug Fry