Hope Gives Reason for Gratitude

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. – (Hebrews 12:28, NIV)

Since we are receiving our rights to an unshakeable kingdom we should be extremely thankful and offer God the purest worship that delights His heart as we lay down our lives in absolute surrender, filled with awe. – (Hebrew 12:28, TPT)

Therefore, let us all be thankful that we are a part of an unshakeable Kingdom and offer to God worship that pleases Him and reflects the awe and reverence we have toward Him. – (Hebrews 12:28, VOICE)

Our gratitude to God ought to be abundant; not only for the life we have now, but for that which is yet to come. We have hope and love, strength and security in all that lies before us. For these things and so much more, let us give thanks and worship the One who gives us all. Our worship, from a grateful heart, pleases and delights He who is worthy of all praise and thanks. Though this Thanksgiving will look and feel far different than what many of us are accustomed to, we still have reason to give thanks. For me and my family, it is the first time in my twins’ lives that we have not spent Thanksgiving with my mom, sister, brother-in-law, and my nephews. We all have such fond memories of our times together, I cannot help but grieve the absence. However, we all are healthy and safe, and each family has remained gainfully employed. Though we cannot join together on this day, we have many reasons to give God gratitude. May we each give thanks to God for the hope we have in Him, and offer Him our worship and praise as we go about our days.

With hearts full of thanks,

We give God our praise;

For the hope we hold,

In Him, all our days.

His goodness and love,

Place hope in our hearts;

Remind us anew,

Each day’s a fresh start.

We worship You, Lord,

All honor and praise,

To Him who’s adored.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your love and grace, hope and presence, as You deserve all thanks and praise today, regardless of our circumstances. Thank You that our hope does not come from what we see, but what we know and have assurance of in our hearts. Forgive us for our frustrations with our present circumstances. Please help us to hold fast to the hope we have in You, rather than what is right now. Teach us to trust You and give You thanks in all things. Show us how to love those around us well. May many come into a lasting relationship with You, as Your hope is made evident through us. Be glorified O God, as we praise You and give You thanks for the hope we have in what is yet to come, and the blessings we have in the here and now. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. – Psalm 31:24

Labor in Love

image by Ray Ortlund

image by Ray Ortlund

God has given us

things we’re meant to do;

all things beautiful,

as He makes them new.

WIthin every heart,

is eternity;

yet God and His ways,

are a mystery.

In our given work,

we ought to enjoy;

for His gift to us,

our skills to employ.

Whatever God deems,

that’s how it will be;

no more or no less,

true consistency.

No need to question,

but rather revere;

may we all worship,

live in holy fear.

(Responding to Ecclesiastes 3:10-14)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that though there are mysteries that are not made known to mankind, what matters most – Your love and forgiveness for us – has been made plain.  Thank You that You place purpose in each of us, and You strengthen and equip us as we step out in faith to fulfill what You call us to complete.  Forgive us for our fears and hesitation, and help us to trust You more.  May many come to know You as we faithfully follow Your call for our lives, and may we always respond to You with proper reverence, as You alone, deserve all of our worship and praise.  Thank You that You are forever faithful and always the same.  Blessed is Your Holy Name.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present