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Gratitude in Waiting
By Susan Park
We are in a season of waiting for this pandemic to be over. It is easy to focus on the negative, especially on how our lives changed because of the virus. However, according to 1 Thessalonians 5:18, we are to “give thanks in all circumstances” which includes this pandemic.
How can we be thankful during this season of waiting? Colossians 3:15-16 outlines three practical ways to help us experience more gratitude in our lives. First, we need to spend time in the Bible. Second, we can “teach and counsel” one another with wisdom. Third, we can worship God through listening or singing praise songs.
“And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts”
– Colossians 3:15-16, NLT
First, we need to spend time in the Bible. One way we can do this is by following a Bible reading plan. The YouVersion Bible App has various plans such as reading through the Bible or by topic such as Christian living, wisdom, or prayer. As we spend time in the Bible, we see more of God’s heart for us and others.
Second, we can teach and counsel one another with wisdom. Being part of a virtual small group or Bible Study at your local church is a great way to connect with other believers. These groups can help cultivate discussions about the Bible. Also, being part of a group is a good way to offer and receive support from other believers.
Third, we can worship God by listening or singing praise songs. We can listen to praise music as we walk, drive, or run errands. We can sing praise songs in our own time with God or with others in our small groups.
Practicing these three ways results in a life that is full of gratitude for God and for one another. As we wait for this pandemic to be over, we wait with gratitude as we draw closer to God and with one another.