1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Food for Thought:
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances. This is a tall order from Paul. But what Paul is trying to communicate in this passage is a heart of gratitude. We should thank God for the blessings in our lives. Think about some of your blessings. What are you thankful for?
God of hope, you call us home from the exile of selfish oppression to the freedom of justice, the balm of healing, and the joy of sharing. Make us strong to join you in your holy work, as friends of strangers and victims, companions of those whom others shun, and as the happiness of those whose hearts are broken. We make our prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.