Thank God For You

Thank God For You

12 May 2011

Reading: 2 Samuel 21-23; 1 Thessalonians 1


2 We always thank God for all of you and pray for you constantly. 3 As we pray to our God and Father about you, we think of your faithful work, your loving deeds, and the enduring hope you have because of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 NLT)

God has placed some people in my life as wonderful gifts of his grace to me. Some of these people are nearby and I see them often. Others live far away, in Jamaica, Africa, the UK, and other places and I seldom get to see them or communicate with them.

Some of these very special people have been God’s gift to me in times of transition, crisis, and challenge. Some of them are good friends who bring richness and rest to my life. Some are family members near and far who are part of my heritage, my legacy, and who help define who I am.

Whenever I think of these special people I thank God for them. The list of people I thank God for grows with each passing year as I realize more and more that my relationships with family, friends, and my fellow-travelers are the most precious things I have!

Now I’m learning to add prayers of blessing to the thanks I give God when I think of each of these special “Gift-From-God” people. And I’m asking God to make me an “I thank God for you” person to others.


Father, Thank you for gracing my life with so many special people through the years. Thanks for each of them and for the part they played and the part they play in helping me, healing me, and enabling me to keep becoming the person you purposed me to be. I pray that you will bless and prosper and protect each of these “I thank God for you” people. Bring them to mind often, that I may be thankful often, and that I may bless them often. And please help me to be one of someone else’s “I thank God for you” people. Amen.

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