This has been another year of blessing in my family, a year where it is hard to give thanks, only because we couldn't possibly list all of the things we have to be thankful for. But each time I feel that way on Thanksgiving, I am aware that so many have to dig very deep to find cause for gratitude. This post is one of the best things I have ever read to help me put it all into perspective. And this scripture reminds me of the blessings that can never be taken away in any circumstance. Wherever you find yourself, may you be filled with the peace of knowing the God who cares so very deeply for you. Happy Thanksgiving!
Praise the Lord, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, O my soul
and forget not all his benefits--
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.
He made know his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the people of Israel:
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger , abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children's children--
with those who keep his covenant
and remember to obey his precepts.
The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all.
Praise the Lord, you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
who obey his word.
Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts,
you his servants who do his will.
Praise the Lord , all his works
everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the Lord, O my soul.