I’ll go on record as patting myself on the back and saying I don’t do too bad a job of thanking You for the answers I get to my prayers. Gratitude is one of the few things we can give You. But what about thanking God for the things I don’t pray for? At that I’m pretty neglectful.
It says something about me that I concern myself most seriously with expressing gratitude when it involves an answer to the needs for which I pray without ever thinking of the things that are given to me gratis. What it says is that my gratitude is reserved for the fulfillment of requests I have initiated. There truly is so much for which to thank You that is not on my daily list of petitions.
Time should be taken more often to at least recognize the gifts of this planet You have given us to live in: beautiful vistas, flowers, good health, blue skies with sunny days, the people I’m associated with for whom I don’t specifically pray, safety and security, comfort, warmth, the hospitality of others, skills and talents, work, play, holidays, vacations, time itself spent with You and with others, music, insight, learning, knowledge, hope, clothes, shelter, food, even the air we breathe. This only scratches the surface of the things I should be grateful for but just don’t think about.
But then, these things are gifts; and the giver of gifts is one who loves, and one who loves does not expect return; and that’s a good thing because even though I forget to thank You at times, and even though there are so many things for which I should express gratitude to You – my negligence, forgetfulness, and ingratitude never prevent You from continuing to shower me with Your gifts.