Words of Thanksgiving
By: Tom Norvell

Vol. 14 No. 47 | November 21, 2011

Praise the Lord.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the LORD
or fully declare his praise?
Blessed are they who maintain justice,
who constantly do what is right.

(Psalm 106:1-3, NIV 1984)

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the LORD say this—
those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
those he gathered from the lands,
from east and west, from north and south.

(Psalm 107:1-3, NIV 1984)

Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.

(Psalm 100:3-5, NIV 1984)

But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. (Ephesians 5:3-5, NIV 1984)

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:5-7, NIV 1984)

Pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; (1 Thessalonians 5:17-19, NIV 1984)

Father, thank You for making me and inviting me to have a relationship with You. Thank You for making it possible, through Jesus, to have that relationship.

Father, thank You for being who You are. Creator. Savior. King of kings and Lord of Lords. Ruler. Master. Maker. Redeemer. Friend.

Father, thank You for the earth which that displays Your glory and majesty and power. The colors of changing seasons reminds us that life follows death as day follows night.

Father, thank You for the reminders that when life becomes stale and uncertain Your mercies are new every morning and that Your love never ceases.

Father, thank You for the assurance that when life is uncertain and we are insecure we always have a home with You.

Father, when we become worn-out and weary You are our resting place when. Thank You.

Father, You are the living waters that refresh our spirits. Thank You.

Father, thank You for my wife, my son and my daughter-in-law and granddaughter, and my daughter.

Thank You, Father, for the community of believers with whom I serve as we encourage one another and seek to help others life like Jesus.

Father, thank You for my extended family that has never ceased to provide me with examples of faith and hope for the long journey through life.

Father, thank You for the friends who love me and share life’s greatest and most difficult events.

Father, thank you for life and the abundance that comes because I am Your child.


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