Thank you… no, thank you!

“Thank you! Everything in me says ‘Thank you.’ …The moment I called out, [for help] you stepped in; you made my life large with strength.” Psalm 138:1,3

imageSomeone says to me, “Thank you,” and instead of saying, “You’re welcome,” I often repeat, “Thank you”. We tend to dilute the meaning of the word by using it when we really aren’t thankful.

In the Psalm for today, David tells how he called out to God, “Help me! God heard his prayer and helped him through a rough time. Then David just just didn’t say, “Thank you,” he gave a heart-felt thanks by adding, “Everything in me says,”Thank you!”

During the day, I often use the two most popular two-word prayers: “Help me” and “Thank you.” Years ago I adopted for my mantra the words, “Thank you.” You might be thinking, how do the words, “Thank you” work as a mantra?” (a phrase that is repeated by someone who is praying or meditating”– Merriam-Webster). I believe God hears my prayers before I utter them aloud. Such as when I look into the rearview mirror and see a flashing red light, instead of pleading,  “Please God, let the sheriff be after someone other than me…”, I say “Thank you.” And, if he speeds right past me, I utter another, “Thank you!” This is a prayer of thanksgiving, not a mantra.

Thank you, Lord, for the ease in communicating with you. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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