Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. -Charles Dickens
What do you see in creation today that brings you joy and you can thank God for?
So much of our food today comes from a grocery store with no connection to the farmers who grew it, and the animals whose lives were taken, and who it ultimately comes from. Do you know where your food is grown or raised? What is on your table today that you are especially thankful for?
Other people can be such a blessing whether it’s a shoulder to cry on or someone to laugh with! Who has made a difference in your life today that you are thankful for?
We may complain about the weather sometimes when it is not what we hoped for, but if you look hard enough you can find something to be thankful for even if it is just that the storm is over. What is your weather like today and how are you thankful for it?
The basic needs of a human are food and shelter. What makes you especially thankful about where you call home?
It can be difficult to be thankful when we are sick, or suffering ongoing health problems, but we can pray for one another and we can encourage one another. Thankfulness for our own health can help us to have compassion for others and use our health to support them. How do you show thankfulness for your health? or if you are not well, what can you still be thankful for?
When you work everyday, unless you really enjoy it, it can be hard to feel thankful for it, but having work to do does give us a certain amount of peace. Whether it is working at home raising a family, or running your own business, or working for someone else outside your home, what can you be thankful for about work today?
As the Proverbs say, “A joyful heart is good medicine” (17:22). God has done great things for us. What can you thank God for today that has made you laugh or shout for joy?
God is a refuge and a protector! Can you think of times in your life when you felt certain that an angel was with you and you were thankful for His protection?
What about our hope make you especially thankful? Do you have a favourite verse that lifts you up?
Gratitude has become popular today as studies have shown that to have an attitude of gratitude makes people more energetic, more optimistic, less likely to be depressed, envious, greedy, or alcohol dependent, and more likely to earn more money, sleep better, have more energy and greater resistance to viral infections. Isn’t it amazing to know that God also prescribes being thankful!
The Proverbs are full of little bits of wisdom What lesson from the Proverbs are you especially thankful for?
The Psalms are often sources of comfort to us. What Psalm do you often find yourself going to when you are troubled?
Our bodies are wonderfully made even if we may not always think they are perfect. What part of your body are you most thankful for today?
Some days are shorter, some days are longer. We all enjoy the days of summer when there is lots of light. How is light making a difference for you today?
We share this earth with many, many other creatures. Does a particular on fascinate you? Why are you thankful for it?
Sometimes in our anxiety about big things in our lives we forget to just rest in the fact that we are provided with all the things we need. What little things are you most thankful for?
No one really likes trials and yet we know they are growing experiences. What trial are you thankful for in the past, that you can now see was a growing experience for you?
What makes you thankful about the little people in your life?
What makes you thankful about the older people in your life?
The birth of Jesus brought great joy to the world. How do you share your joy for Jesus?
Aren’t you thankful for the gift of taste! What is your favourite food?
What talents do you have that bring you happiness that you are thankful for?
“What would the world be like in black and white? Answer: Boring! visually anyway. Colour has been shown to change moods. It’s powerful and pleasing. It differentiates the seasons. It beautifies life.” Do you have a colour you especially love or something colourful that makes you happy when you look at it?
Looking back on life, what are some of your favourite memories for which you are thankful?
“We need friends. They have a positive impact on our health, wealth and mental well-being. Social isolation on the other hand, creates feelings akin to physical pain and leaves us stressed and susceptible to illness. In fact, our bodies react to a lack of friends as if a crucial biological need is going unfulfilled.” (New Scientist, 24 May 2014). What do you do to show thankfulness for the friends in your life?
“He who loves his dream of community more than the Christian community itself becomes a destroyer of the latter… if we do not give thanks daily for the Christian fellowship in which we have been placed, even when there is no great experience, no discoverable riches, but much weakness, small faith, and difficulty; if on the contrary, we keep complaining that everything is paltry and petty, then we hinder God from letting our fellowship grow.” (D. Bonhoeffer). What do you do to show your thankfulness for your church family?
God has created a beautiful world. What part of the beauty around you or in places you have visited makes you especially thankful?
What part of the current season are you thankful for?
Having one day to spend in rest has been shown to be very beneficial. What makes you particularly thankful for this day of rest?
The Bible is full of stories of how God works with people. Which story are you particularly thankful for and why?