The showers of God’s blessings often drain away like tears without penetrating the ungrateful heart. Can mercy or grace be given to the heart that is neither willing to receive nor acknowledge the Giver with thanksgiving? Gratitude opens our hearts to receive the fullness of His graces, including those of the cross.

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5.18)

Grateful Heart

Ingratitude turns hearts to stone:
It disregards what God provides;
Assuming His gifts are its own,
They are squandered as it decides.

Ingratitude assumes its right
As heir, to claim what it is due;
It takes correction as a slight –
How hard it is to say: “Thank you”!

A grateful heart opens its eyes
To see the good in ev’rything;
Blessings often come in disguise –
Gratitude transforms suffering.

How generous His providence;
How great are His mercy and grace!
His love for each soul is immense –
The grateful heart knows His embrace.

The grateful heart truly receives;
Blessings and joy are interweaved.

be filled with the Spirit,… giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5.18b,20)

Lord, thank You for Your many gifts, especially for the gift of the cross in my life. May I never forget to be thankful, especially in difficult times. Amen.