Regardless of what’s going on in the world, we have to live. While we have breath in our bodies, we choose life— we work with all our might. We seek to have gratitude — goodwill.
And I believe gratitude is one of the most potent words in the English vocabulary. Let us Be grateful for the tiniest things. The sun shining. Coffee or tea in the cupboards. Freedom. I’m still thankful for the land of the free, even with all Americans division. I’m glad I was born here for such a time as this.
Freedom is costly, but He who the Son sets free is free INDEED!
One of my favorite stories is found in the Book of Acts. Yeshua’s apostles were beaten, chained, and in prison—a dungeon of darkness. What do they do? Woe is me? Blame it on the devil? Complain about their bloody backs, injustice, slander the oppressors? We don’t read about that. What we read is that they sang praises. They worshipped the Holy One, and as they worshipped, something startling happens, their chains are loosed. The prison doors are opened, and the jailer is set free. He says, “ I”LL HAVE WHAT YOU ARE HAVING! Whatever Spirit is flowing through you like LIVING WATER, I’ll take that!
In the thickest of darkness, light shines the brightest! May we continue to look up. To shine bright. To find gratitude in the tiniest of things.
Read the story below:
The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. 23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24 When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”
29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. 34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.”