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Gratitude: A Guided Christian Devotional Meditation

 
 

Week 3, November 2015

 

Time goes fast; many of us will be celebrating Thanksgiving this week.

 

“Give thanks to the Lord” is probably one of the most repeated phrases in the Bible, yet that does not necessarily make it easy for us to give thanks. The busyness and sorrows of life may blind our hearts (partly or fully) to all the good there is to celebrate. May this (shortened) version of a guided Christian Devotional Meditation help you give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.

 

Meditation

Gratitude is a virtue, which means that it often doesn’t come natural. Being connected to Jesus Christ, the giver of all good things, is essential.  His Spirit can help you grow as you choose to mature and persevere in this beautiful virtue (Phil 2:13). Choosing to be thankful is not a dismissal of your reality; it is a choice and a chance to find joy right in the midst of it.

For a few moments now, prepare yourself to open your mind so that you can see and appreciate God’s hand in your life.

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Loving and good God, see your beloved child right now and grant that the virtue of gratitude begins to take root and grow into maturity in this person, as is your will (1 Thes. 5:18). May this virtue of thankfulness bear abundant fruit in this person’s life and bring joy. May it also result in works of mercy for your glory.

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Let’s focus on 2 categories that are sources for gratitude: there are earthly things to be thankful for, and there are eternal things to be thankful for.

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Let’s start with a few earthly things. You may want to open your hands symbolically to receive these things anew as a gift from God. Though these may seem simple, realize that many are deprived from these goods. May the realization of these things make your heart well up with gratitude:

 

Ø  Gracious God, thank you for every breath, every inhalation… and every exhalation

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Ø  Merciful God, thank you for a place to live

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Ø  Father God, thank you for food that nourishes my body

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Ø  Powerful God, thank you for nature that reflects your power and beauty.

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Give thanks to the Lord now for a few more things that you realize are gifts from God in your life.

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Now, let’s shift attention to things divine.

For a moment, let yourself be transported above life’s circumstances and see God seated high above the heavens. Try to picture God in his greatness, knowing that if you’re his child, he is for you (Psalm 56:9 ;Rom 8: 31-39). Dwell on things eternal, on things divine.

Ø  Picture the Lord your God exalted above everything; he reigns (Rev 11: 17), all will work out according to his good purpose

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Ø  See Jesus standing in ultimate victory, (1 Cor 15:57), you will be victorious with him.

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Ø  Imagine Jesus interceding with great power on your behalf (Rom 8:34), even right now.

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Ø  See him clothed in righteousness (Psalm 7:17), able to cover every sin, perfectly good.

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Ø  See God pouring out steadfast love (Psalm 107:1), enough to fill you and heal you.

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Ø  See his eyes, he sees you and he seeks to strengthen you if you are committed to him (2 Chron 16:9)

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Ø  Try to imagine the worst thing that can happen to you and KNOW that even that cannot separate you from God’s love for you (Rom 8:31-39).

 

Take some time to let one or more of these realities fill your heart. These things NEVER change for you if you are his.

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May you choose to focus with greater awareness on the earthly and eternal goods that God provides in your life. Go through life with your mind and hands open, noticing and receiving earthly and divine blessings, and give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love endures forever.

 

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(Thank you to those who’ve expressed interest in receiving last’s week full meditation on anxiety; if you’re interested in receiving the full meditation on thankfulness (and/or last week’s) feel free to email me at lydiakim.vd@gmail.com. The full meditation is longer and allows for more guided interaction)

 

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