Saturday, October 1, 2011

Remembering: A Way to Give Thanks

"Remembering is an act of Thanksgiving, a way of thanksgiving, this turn of the heart over time's shoulder to see all the long way His arms have carried."
--excerpt from One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

Have you ever thought that looking back on the past--on all the ways God has helped you in good times and in bad--is a way of giving thanks? When we pause to remember how God has carried us through the seasons of our lives, our hearts naturally swell with gratitude for His grace. Thinking of past pains and about the healing that has since occurred is a way to keep God close to our hearts. In remembering, we are made aware of how much we need Him and how He is always in control.

And we can also give thanks by remembering the good times--the times of laughter and joy. Since all good things come from God, then our most cherished memories--the ones we hold closest to our hearts--are like little gifts from heaven. Gifts given out of pure love from above. Calling these things to mind helps us learn more about the heart of God.

So take some time to remember this weekend. Think of the ways the Lord has helped you weather life's storms. And think of the happy times, too. Remember long the days gone by of sunshine, family and good times with friends. And in the remembering you are giving thanks to the Creator of all things, The One who teaches us how to love, by sharing His grace with us day by day.

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