Giving Thanks During the Time of the Corona Virus
It is good to give thanks to God, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night, to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre. For you, O God, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy.
In these challenging, unsettling, frightening days it may seem strange to think and speak of giving thanks. Yet through the ages, even in the most difficult of circumstances, people have found cause to give thanks. As Anne Lamott reminds us, “thanks” is an essential prayer along with “help” and “wow.” Each day we can give thanks for small things, tender mercies, and blessings. Giving thanks may not (or it may) change the circumstances we face. But giving thanks may change us and how we cope with those circumstances.
For what, for whom, do you give thanks this day?
A prayer of thanks
in times when I am frightened,in days when I am discouraged,
in situations when I am unsettled,
even as I grieve for what is lost,
remind me to seek reasons to say “thank you.”
Rev. W. Mark Koenig