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Colossians 3:16-17 says “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; … and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

I attended an ELCA regional assembly meeting recently. The last event before closing worship was a chance for participants to share ways they had experienced the theme of the assembly. This year’s theme was Faith Practices in the Home.

People shared a number of great ways they practice faith in their homes, but the one that really caught my attention had to do with gratitude. A woman shared that she and her husband would end each day by stating three things for which they were grateful. She said over time, they ended up saying the same things each day, things like “I’m grateful for you…I’m grateful for our home…” and so on. While they were, in fact, grateful for those things, they weren’t really putting any thought into it. So, now they say three things that happened that day for which they are grateful.

How easy it is to dwell on the negative in life. If ten wonderful things happened and one bad thing, where will all your energy and emotion end up? With the one bad thing. The ten wonderful things will be overshadowed and forgotten by the negative.

What a great way it would be to end the day with an attitude of gratitude! I’m sure if you put some thought into it, you, too, will find ways in which God has blessed you daily. I know that I can, and I count among my greatest blessings my call to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and to Osage itself. I am so happy to be here with this congregation and in this community. Everyone has been so warm and welcoming and friendly, and I thank God for you all.

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