16 Jan

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. Col. 3:16 NIV

G.K. Chesterton called gratitude “the mother of all virtues.”  More than any other virtue, gratitude determines the degree of your happiness and contentment in life. — Bob Russell

The word translated in the NIV version of Colossians 3:16 as  gratitude is most often translated grace. It can also be translated favor, thanks, and pleasure.  Any of the translations serve our purposes here as any of these attitudes will chase away worries the way light chases darkness.  Like most other things, we are only able to give thanks with grace in our hearts because of the grace we have received.  It all starts with Christ.  Grace from God → Blessings in our lives → Saying grace or having gratitude.

Today I’m particularly thankful for our new Bible Club leader, Chinese massages, and time with my husband!

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