“God, our God, has blessed us”.
Ps 67:6 GNB

One of the first outworkings when a person of faith thinks about God and his or her human existence is the feeling of gratitude to God. Upon reflection, a person knows that he or she has been blessed by God. The ingathering of harvest, signifying food – and therefore life itself – has come from God, and that sense of gratitude and thanksgiving brings joy. Sometimes that joy is almost overwhelming. When we thank God for the produce of the harvest in its widest sense, we can be quite overcome by contemplating how good God has been – and is. And we assume that he will continue to bless us.

However, there is another aspect to this gratitude. Being human, we tend to be selfish and it frequently happens that, in enjoying the goodness of the earth and God’s blessings from the earth we succumb to the danger of enjoying the pleasure of it all and take it, and God, for granted. There is a “danger that lies dormant in all good fortune, the danger that man is prone to be absorbed in the enjoyment of earthly pleasures and, in doing so, to neglect the blessing which God has attached to the good things of the earth. For these do not become a blessing unless to joy is added humility, to enjoyment thanksgiving, to the earthly blessing the personal, spiritual and religious value which in praise of God establishes a living link with him. It is only by turning to God in gratitude that man is preserved from getting stuck in earthly things” (A. Weiser, The Psalms, p476).

In thanking God, thank Jesus Christ for the spiritual blessings he has bestowed as well.


Lord, thank you for all your blessings to me.


Lord, I pray for estate agents. As they handle the tricky dynamics of buyers and sellers and try to keep both parties aware of the legal provisions and the price of transactions, help them to keep their integrity, wisdom, and humour. I ask it in Jesus Christ’s name. AMEN


I.B.R.A. Readings

Isaiah 60:1–9

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