Call to Prayer for November 25, 2013

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Call to Prayer for November 25, 2013

‘Mind your manners! ‘–  As I was growing up I would hear this phrase often to remind me to use words such as ‘Please’ and ‘Thank You’.  These were words of respect that I was to use as I asked someone for something and responded with gratitude for something I had received.   So many times we have no problem coming to God with our wants and needs and we often say ‘Please’, but how often we forget to say ‘Thank You’.   We are reminded in James 1:17 that ‘every good and perfect gift comes from God’ – whether they be spiritual, physical, or material – and there are so many.   Years ago, I had a friend who always included in his prayers these words – ‘Thank You for all the gifts of life’.  Every day (and all that comes with it) is a gift from God.   I know that I’m guilty many times of just seeing the needs in my life and of those around me and spending all my effort in asking and seeking help from God BUT my prayer this week is that we will ‘mind our manners’ and remember to say ‘Thank You’ as well as ‘Please’.

We could all probably start this morning naming the many blessings from God that we have received this year and our list would still not be complete as we gather with our family and friends this Thursday for a day of Thanksgiving.   One of my favorite hymns is ‘Great is Thy Faithfulness’ which was written by Thomas Chisholm, a man who by earthly standards did not obtain great wealth or fame.  This song reminds us that God’s blessings are new every day and more than we can every count – all because of His great faithfulness to us.

Great is Thy Faithfulness
Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father!
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As thou hast been, Thou forever will be.

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide,
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow –
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside.

Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided –
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.

My Prayer for you this week: ‘Faithful Father, the Giver of every good and perfect gift, our hearts join together this week in gratitude and thankfulness for all the many gifts of life that You have given us.  We are in awe of the abundance of Your blessings that You continue to shower down on us each new day.  Help us to never take for granted that we are the recipients of Your great love and faithfulness.  Even in a world that is confusing and where we feel helpless at times to meet so many needs around us, we know that You care and we can always depend on You.   Thank You for all the gifts of life You have sent our way – today and always!  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

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3 Comments

  1. The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning! Great is Thy faithfulness!!

  2. Thanks for the song which I will be singing all day. As Sue has said, thank you for your friendship and love. God bless you this Thanksgiving more than ever.

  3. Thank you for reminding me to “mind my manners daily”. I thank God for your friendship and love.

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