Daily Lent Devotional #27 (4/04/2011)

1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18

16 “Be joyful always;

17 pray continually;

18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Psalm 30: 11-12

11 “You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
12 that my heart may sing to you and not be silent.
O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever.”

Today’s devotional is all about thankfulness and praising God. 🙂

After hearing from Henri Nouwen on this topic, take time to praise God and thank Him for the blessings (big and small) in your life!

The great spiritual battle begins and ends with embracing your chosenness.

You have to celebrate your chosenness constantly. This means saying ‘thank you’ to God for having chosen you, and ‘thank you’ to all who remind you of your chosenness. Gratitude is the most fruitful way of deepening your consciousness that you are not an ‘accident’ but a divine choice.

Where there is reason for gratitude, there can always be found a reason for bitterness. It is here that we are faced with the freedom to make a decision. We can decide to be grateful or to be bitter. We can decide to recognize our chosenness in the moment or we can decide to focus on the shadow side. When we persist in looking at the shadow side, we will eventually end up in the dark.… When we keep claiming the light, we will find ourselves becoming more and more radiant.

For me personally, prayer becomes more and more a way to listen to the blessing. I have read and written much about prayer, but when I go to a quiet place to pray, I realize that, although I have a tendency to say many things to God, the real ‘work’ of prayer is to become silent and listen to the voice that says good things about me.… The faithful discipline of prayer reveals to you that you are the blessed one and gives you the power to bless others.

My second suggestion for claiming your blessedness is the cultivation of presence. By presence I mean attentiveness to the blessings that come to you day after day, year after year. The problem of modern living is that we are too busy―looking for affirmation in the wrong places?―to notice that we are being blessed.… It has become extremely difficult for us to stop, listen, pay attention and receive gracefully what is offered to us.

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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