Excerpt from Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to human kind.
Reflection by Talitha Arnold
Just do it.
Right now. Just do what the psalm says. Stop whatever you're doing or whatever you're worrying about, and make a list. Not of your groceries or your "to-do's." Make a list of God's wonderful works to you.
Write down ten things you're thankful for in this very moment. Ten things. My top two are always that the chili is green and the sky is blue. But even if you don't live in northern New Mexico, I bet you can come up with ten reasons to thank God in your life.
What about that last breath you took? Or the first light of a new day? Those are pretty wonderful works.
Thank the Lord for his steadfast love, that you've known in the smile of your child or the support of a co-worker. Thank God for that song on the radio as you drove to work or for having a job to drive to.
Thank God for the healing you've known, in body and soul. Thank God for the fear that didn't last or the love that has. Thank God for the cat you loved as a child or the dog who loves you now.
Go ahead. Thank the Lord. The Christian mystic Meister Eckhart wrote, "If the only prayer you ever say is ‘thank you,' that would be sufficient."
So write down ten things you're thankful for. And then write down ten things more.
Just do it.
For green chili, blue sky, and all your other wonderful works, O Lord, hear my prayer of thanks. Amen.
About the Author
Talitha Arnold is Senior Minister of the United Church of Santa Fe (UCC), Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is the author of Worship for Vital Congregations, published by The Pilgrim Press.