O Give Thanks . . .

“For His mercy endureth forever.” I went to sleep with those words in my head. I woke up the next morning with the same words still there. “O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy endureth forever.

Our married daughter texted me just as the intermission was ending at the concert my husband and I were enjoying. My son-in-law and his sister had just witnessed a 55 mph collision that two seconds later would have involved them head-on. They stopped to help. One driver was thrown out of her car.

I prayed for that driver as I lay down to sleep. I prayed for her family. I thanked my merciful Father for protecting our family.

“O give thanks to the Lord . . . for His mercy endureth forever.”

Give thanks to Him:

  • Who gives life and breath
  • Whose eye is ever on us
  • Who shields us when we don’t even know we’re in danger
  • Who carries our children through the many perils of childhood (many that we will never know about, and some that they will tell us about later)
  • Who carries us when, in His great and mysterious wisdom, for reasons that only He knows, He allows us and those we love to suffer loss and tragedy and pain.
  • Who comforts and sustains, even when we don’t understand what He is doing.
  • Who works all things out for His glory and our good, no matter how bad it looks
  • Who has conquered sin and death and reigns at His Father’s right hand
  • Who will someday wipe away all tears

“O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy endureth forever.”

Thank you, Lord, for mercifully sparing these lives that mean so much to me! And thank you for your mercy that did not spare your own Son, but sent Him to the cross and buried Him in order to make all things new.

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away . And He that sat upon the throne said, ‘Behold , I make all things new.'” (Rev. 21:4-5a)

Thank you, Lord.




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