"Heavenly Father, thank you"
Gary prayed last night. This is the first time in MONTHS that he has prayed out loud. It was at dinner with some friends over. His prayer was short. It ended abruptly. He got "stuck" as if he was going to say more but couldn't. I finished for him and then our friend, Steve, commented that he had often heard Gary begin his prayers this way.
Can you even imagine how encouraging these 4 words were to my heart? He is still giving praise and honor to his Heavenly Father, because he has been rescued from his heart of stone and been given a heart of flesh. In his simple, random, rare moments, he continues to give thanks to God.
"Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18To the suffering Believers who were scattered about because of persecution, Peter wrote:
"After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect (fix what is broken), confirm (strengthen with resolve, under-gird), strengthen (strengthen wherever needed), and establish (give a firm foundation) you." 1 Peter 5:10Though the circumstances were different, God is ALWAYS using this fallen world to do "a thousand things" in the lives of those who entrust their souls to Him. May we ALL give thanks (to God) in EVERYTHING!