I recently wrote about my son who spent time in the prayer closet. He was an antsy preschooler and it showed up during our prayer time. I had to corral him between me and the sofa as we knelt and prayed.
How ironic is it then, that he sired a sweet and passionate prayer warrior? When her daddy asks, “Who wants to…?” She has her hand up before he can say, “pray.”
From three years old and on Lainey has led our family in the saying of grace. And I would wish that my whole family could pray as she does; even the whole world would pray as she does. Dang – if only I could pray as she does.
She sweetly and personally speaks to the Lord. When she prays, it’s as if she’s sitting on His lap – with their eyes meeting. Multiple times she will say in the sincerest of voices, “and Jesus, I, I just love you.”
But what is most striking is the profuse amount of thanksgiving that permeates her prayers. While my mine are full of platitudes, hers overflow with gratitude and for the most unusual things.
Her mother was a science major and filters life through that lens. She once explained to her little Lainey the importance of drinking water throughout the day. Since then, Lainey regularly thanks the Lord for keeping her hydwated.
Her mother also explained the amazing law of gravity and Lainey now thanks the Lord that we don’t fly away up in the sky.
Lainey is profoundly cute. She has an uncanny ability to look at everything that you and I take for granted and recognize it all as gifts from God.
It’s as if God somehow impressed 1 Thessalonians 5:18 on her little heart, “In everything give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” In every circumstance and for every circumstance we ought to be grateful.
So tomorrow we give thanks! Psalm 92:1 tells us that it is a, “good thing to give thanks to the Lord.”
This is true according to the experts. Gratitude activates the reward center of our brains so that we emotionally feel better. A great way, by the way, to combat anxiety and depression. Gratitude also has been proven to lower blood pressure and give us better sleep.*
Saying thanks is also a wonderful way to refresh and strengthen our relationships with others.
It really is good to give thanks, not only because it does good things to and for us, but because God is a good God. (Psalm 107:1)
I am with Lainey – thankful for God’s good gifts of health and food and people that love me and a God who gave His life on a cross for me and a job that challenges me and for photosynthesis. (Hey why can’t I be thankful for a scientific principle too?)
Tomorrow our mouths will work hard at taking in Thanksgiving. They also need to work hard at giving out thanksgiving. Scripture says, “With my mouth I will give thanks abundantly to the Lord.” – Ps 109:30
After dinner we’ll turn on the game and scream ‘til we’re hoarse. David said that we ought to give thanks in the same way, “with all our hearts.” – Psalm 86:12
Some of us will get up and raid the refrigerator for a midnight snack. Also, a good time to give thanks says the Psalmist, “At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee…” — Ps 119:62 KJV
2020 has been a tremendously tough year! Amen? All the more reason to gather the family on turkey day and have each person write out 5 things for which they were thankful this year. Compare your answers. Make note of the duplicates and the diversity and then offer a group prayer of Thanksgiving!
A PRAYER: Lord give me the eyes to perceive every blessing and the words to return proper thanks.
– All scripture references from the NET Bible ®
– * The Health Benefits of Giving Thanks; Community Health Network November 20, 2019; www.ecommunity.com/healthminute/2019/health-benefits-giving-thanks.