By Rev. Doug Rokke    American Lutheran Church, La Porte City

Giving Thanks: A Time to Remember

“Bless the Lord O my soul, and do not forget all his gifts” ~ Psalm 103:2 NAV

Recently I have been reading a book by Ann Voskamp entitled One Thousand Gifts. In this book her reflections on giving thanks led her to start keeping a list. Every day she would write down something to give thanks for. Her goal was to list one thousand things in her life that she was thankful for. She found that as she listed these things every day it changed her and helped her to look at life differently.
I think that is one of the benefits of giving thanks. It changes how we see things in our life. I’m sure that for some this past year may have been difficult. And yet pause to remember what we do have. It includes not only the material things, but the many gifts we have been given like people we love, friendships and the simple things in day to day life. Finally giving thanks may lead us to remember the gifts of our faith and the greatest gift God’s Son, Jesus Christ.
And so as we enter this month and approach Thanksgiving, let us take time to make a list either mentally or maybe even a written list of all we have to be thankful for. And then let us take time to offer our thanksgiving to God. It may help make your Thanksgiving more complete!