The Gates of Morning

Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
Psalm 100:4

Thanksgiving Day is past. Christmas shopping and decorating has begun, or at least has begun to be thought about. And we are only on the brink of the roller-coaster of holiday stress.

Thanksgiving Day is nice because most of us at least try to pause for a moment to be truly grateful for our blessings. The next day, however, we are swept up in the current of more, bigger, better, or nicer, more thoughtful, more creative gift-giving and -receiving.

The thing is, we don’t need a holiday or season or excuse to be thankful. All we need is a new day. If His mercies are new every morning, so should be our praise.

Psalm 100 admonishes us to “enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise,” and I would like to suggest to myself and to you that His gates are each new day and His courts are your living room as you relax near the lighted Christmas tree and your kitchen as you prepare food for those you love and your car as you run errands and collect gifts.

We don’t need a special place or time to give thanks because He is with us wherever we are, and He is faithful in every moment.

My friend, make every moment a thanksgiving, because, if nothing else, you have that moment. And in that moment, He is real and He is good and He is with you.

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Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.


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