By Mary Stout
Gratitude is the gateway to the presence of God.
Dr. Scott was a gifted psychiatrist. He was a friend of mine years ago. About the only thing we had in common was we were Christian. He was a gentle man. He built a new office and named it Gravity and Grace Medical. I asked him why he chose that name. I’ll never forget his reply.
“We see patients everyday that are sick. The gravity of this world has brought them pain and suffering. I am a Christian. It’s my job to extend God’s grace He has freely given me to others. So this is my way of reminding myself when I walk through the door I am a conduit of grace. It’s also a place of hope for my patients.”
A couple years after he opened his office he went home to be with the Lord. He was young and left behind a legacy of love in action for us to carry.
Every single day is an opportunity to extend grace to others and remind us that our Father extended His grace to us when He sent His Son to die on the cross for our sin. The act of love for us resurrected in Christ gave us a renewed life.
Remembering the grace of God inside us, we can extend that to everyone we meet. Even in difficult times God says his grace is sufficient.
Today’s verse reminds us gratitude is the gateway to the presence of God.
Giving thanks brings our spirit in alignment with God. It strengthens our faith and equips us for the mission we have–showing the grace of God to others in the world and sharing the good news.
Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melodies Beattie
Gratitude makes it easier to be in the world but not of the world. Practice it daily. Extend grace to your fellow man.
You might be their only example of grace when the gravity of their world is overwhelming.
Action for the Day: Notice the things you are thankful for. Share that with a friend. Give thanks to God for these things.
Prayer: Living and loving Lord, we thank you for showing us mercy and giving us your grace through Jesus Christ. May our lives be an example to others that we may glorify you in out thoughts, in our words, and in our deeds. in Jesus name, Amen