Today, among many other things, I am thankful for everything God has taught me in the past year. He has shown me that He is always good, always trustworthy, always loving. He has taught me to understand thankfulness and grace and what they can do if I allow Him to fill me with them.
As I think back over the past year, I can see ways that God proved His faithful love and goodness to me over and over. Every time I trusted Him, He never let me down. He answered prayers exceedingly abundantly above all that I could ask or think, in ways that I would never have imagined or necessarily chosen, but would not change. He has been faithful to me even though I have not always been faithful to Him.
He has provided for my every need.
He has given me strength when I have had none of my own.
He has shown me how to find beauty in unexpected places.
Like David, I can say “Return to your rest, my soul, for the LORD has been good to you.” Psalm 116:7
He waters the mountains from His palace;
the earth is satisfied by the fruit of Your labor.
He causes grass to grow for the livestock
and provides crops for man to cultivate,
producing food from the earth,
wine that makes man’s heart glad—
making his face shine with oil—
and bread that sustains man’s heart.
“He made the moon to mark the festivals;
the sun knows when to set.
You bring darkness, and it becomes night,
when all the forest animals stir.
The young lions roar for their prey
and seek their food from God.
The sun rises; they go back
and lie down in their dens.
Man goes out to his work
and to his labor until evening.
How countless are Your works, Lord!
In wisdom You have made them all;
the earth is full of Your creatures.
All of them wait for You
to give them their food at the right time.
When You give it to them,
they gather it;
when You open Your hand,
they are satisfied with good things.
When You hide Your face,
they are terrified;
when You take away their breath,
they die and return to the dust.
When You send Your breath,
they are created,
and You renew the face of the earth.
May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
may the Lord rejoice in His works.
He looks at the earth, and it trembles;
He touches the mountains,
And they pour out smoke.
I will sing to the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God while I live.
May my meditation be pleasing to Him;
I will rejoice in the Lord.
May sinners vanish from the earth
and wicked people be no more.
My soul, praise Yahweh!
-Psalm 104:13-15, 19-24, 27-35