As I read again in Matthew 26-27, the account of all that Jesus endured on my behalf, I could not help but be overwhelmed with gratitude. No matter the trials nor struggles that we face, in Christ, our hope is secure forever! Forever is far beyond the limited existence of anything that I may face in the here and now. Though struggles and trials are real and can leave the soul feeling ravaged, we have a Savior who has promised to be with us, even in the worst of times, who will never leave us nor forsake us. He will fight on our behalf and be our strength when we are weak. He is our strength and our song, and the very breath that we breathe. Why wouldn’t we give Him all of our thanks and praise?
the pain He endured; give thanks.
For protection and peace,
our future secured; give thanks.
For the help and the hope,
Love’s true offerings; give thanks.
For grace and redemption,
our dear Savior brings; give thanks.
For fresh starts and new life,
and His healing touch; give thanks.
For the dawn of new days,
He’s given so much; give thanks.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the incredible gift of Your one and only Son. Thank You that You loved so much that You made a way for us to return to a right relationship with You. Thank You Jesus, for all that You willingly endured in my place. Forgive us for taking all that You have given for granted, and help us to go forth each day with hearts overflowing with gratitude. Teach us to trust You more, so that we may be ever more aware of Your presence and Your promises as we learn to rely on You. Lead us to love one another out of the overflow of the love that You have lavished upon us. May many come to know the glory and grace that is available to all who seek Your face. Be exalted O God, as we give You all of our thanks and praise.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.
And The Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you.” – Exodus 33:19