Thank you God, for my family. Thank you for protecting us and keeping us to see this day. Thank you for every single person in my family…for our imperfections and our relationships. Thank you for giving me these people to love and cherish. I appreciate all that you are and all that you do. Amen
We are beginning the prayers for your family with thanksgiving and gratitude to God. Early in the morning on New Year’s Day, I heard of someone who died in the early hours of the morning (January 1, 2016). Then I heard of another who died in pregnancy on the 31st – both mother and baby lost their lives.
See, it is not because we are better or more perfect that God has spared our lives…it is simply mercy and grace. God has been faithful to us through the months of 2015. He will not stop being faithful in 2016.
So forget about everything you dislike about your family. Forget about how tough 2015 was and just thank God for keeping you all. This year we are going to focus a lot on gratitude. For many, it will be a lifestyle change, but it is going to be worth it.
Don’t ask for anything today. Don’t complain about anything either. Just lift your hands up to the heavens and appreciate God.