15 DAYS NOVENA FOR THANKS GIVING: DAY 12
The Bible is filled with commands to give thanks to God (Psalm 106:1; 107:1; 118:1; 1 Chronicles 16:34; 1 Thessalonians 5:18). Most verses go on to list reasons why we should thank Him, such as “His love endures forever” (Psalm 136:3), “He is good” (Psalm 118:29), and “His mercy is everlasting” (Psalm 100:5). Thanksgiving and praise always go together. We cannot adequately praise and worship God without also being thankful.
Feeling and expressing appreciation is good for us. Like any wise father, God wants us to learn to be thankful for all the gifts He has given us (James 1:17). It is in our best interest to be reminded that everything we have is a gift from Him. Without gratitude, we become arrogant and self-centred. We begin to believe that we have achieved everything on our own. Thankfulness keeps our hearts in right relationship to the Giver of all good gifts.
Giving thanks also reminds us of how much we do have. Human beings are prone to covetousness. We tend to focus on what we don’t have. By giving thanks continually we are reminded of how much we do have. When we focus on blessings rather than wants, we are happier. When we start thanking God for the things we usually take for granted, our perspective changes. We realize that we could not even exist without the merciful blessings of God.
First Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” We are to be thankful not only for the things
we like, but for the circumstances we don’t like. When we purpose to thank God for everything that He allows to come into our lives, we keep bitterness at bay. We cannot be both thankful and bitter at the same time. We do not thank Him for evil, but that He is sustaining us through it (James 1:12). We don’t thank Him for harm He did not cause, but we thank Him when He gives us the strength to endure it (2 Corinthians 12:9). We thank Him for His promise that “all things will work together for the good, to those who love God and are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
We can have thankful hearts toward God even when we do not feel thankful for the circumstance. We can grieve and still be thankful. We can hurt and still be thankful. We can be angry at sin and still be thankful toward God. That is what the Bible calls a “sacrifice of praise” (Hebrews 13:15). Giving thanks to God keeps our hearts in right relationship with Him and saves us from a host of harmful emotions and attitudes that will rob us of the peace God wants us to experience (Philippians 4:6–7).
HOW TO PREPARE FOR EACH DAY
1. Prepare an atmosphere of worship
2. Read Christ’s words to you
3. Read the scripture reflections and ask yourself these three questions;
• Which passage means most to me
• What do I feel as I read?
• What will I say to Jesus who has spoken to me personally through the passage?
4. Use the prayer response given and feel free to add to it or make your own prayer. As you make your own prayer, remind Jesus of your pain or your need for healing.
5. Write down your case with God and address this case throughout the 15 days. Use your case to generate petitions for the closure mass
(The following prayers will be prayed daily for 15 days.
Thanksgiving Blessing O God, We thank you for this earth, our home; for the wide sky and the blessed sun, for the ocean and streams, for the towering hills and the whispering wind, for the trees and green grass. We thank you for our senses by which we hear the songs of birds, and see the splendor of fields of golden wheat, and taste autumn’s fruit, rejoice in the feel of snow, and smell the breath of spring flowers. Grant us a heart opened wide to all this beauty; and save us from being so blind that we pass unseeing when even the common thornbush is aflame with your glory. For each new dawn is filled with infinite possibilities for new beginnings and new discoveries. Life is constantly changing and renewing itself. In this new day of new beginnings with God, all things are possible. We are restored and renewed in a joyous awakening to the wonder that our lives are and, yet, can be. Amen.
PRAYER OF GRATITUDE
Thank you, Lord, for the blessings you have bestowed on my life. You have provided me with more than I could ever have imagined. You have surrounded me with people who always look out for me. You have given me family and friends who bless me every day with kind words and actions. They lift me up in ways that keep my eyes focused on you and make my spirit soar.
Also, thank you, Lord, for keeping me safe. You protect me from those things that seem to haunt others. You help me make better choices and provide me with advisors to help me with life’s difficult decisions. You speak to me in so many ways so that I always know you are here.
And Lord, I am so grateful for keeping those around me safe and loved. I hope that you provide me with the ability and sense to show them every day how much they matter. I hope that you give me the ability to give to them the same kindness they have provided to me.
I am extremely grateful for all of your blessings in my life, Lord. I pray that you remind me of just how blessed I am and that you never allow me to forget to show my gratitude in prayer and returned acts of kindness.
DAY 12: SCRIPTURES FOR MEDITATION
After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill the Scripture, *said, “I am thirsty.”
Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
FOR THE GIFT OF THE SAVIOR AND REDEEMER.
JESUS MY REDEEMER
I am trapped by my own sin and selfishness, under the weight of my own wants and fears. I know You are calling me to a life of renewal, grace, and holiness. I know You have a plan for my life that I need to accept and claim.
Heavenly Father, I beg You to help me. Give me the grace that I need to do Your most holy will. Surround me with angels and saints to help me battle the demons who wish to assault me with a barrage of lies.
By the power of Jesus Christ, Your beloved Son, and my most wonderful redeemer, I have come to know Your infinite love and endless mercy. I beg You have mercy on me a sinner, and by the power of His holy cross, and through joining Him in a most holy suffering, that You might allow me, for the sake of my own redemption, to grow a true and deep and lasting love for You that will give me eternal life.
I ask You to help me say, with a true and everlasting Love:
Jesus my Redeemer, You are the just judge, holy and true. You gave us life by Your love and suffering. Teach me to suffer for the sake of Your love.
Jesus my Redeemer, You hold all power in Your hands. You are the Mighty one from God who carries the world, and is ruler over all the earth. Teach me to suffer for the sake of Your love.
Jesus my Redeemer, You are the giver of life. In You is mercy and love. In You is forgiveness of our sins. Teach me to suffer for the sake of Your love.
Jesus my Redeemer, In You is freedom of worry and freedom of pain. Only You can offer Your peace, a peace that passes all understanding. Teach me to suffer for the sake of Your love.
Jesus my Redeemer, You love me so much. You were sent from the Father. You came to save me from destruction, the lost sheep from another fold. Teach me to suffer for the sake of Your love.
Jesus my Redeemer, you are the Great Physician. You alone can heal me. Save me from the demons that seek to destroy me and heal me of my sin that separates me from You. Teach me to suffer for the sake of Your love.
Jesus my Redeemer, Your gift of healing is alive through the Holy Spirit. I trust You will heal me. Only You can protect me from the enemy, and from the loss of my soul. Teach me to suffer for the sake of Your love. Jesus my Redeemer, You are miracle worker for the sick, and for the lost souls. You forgive my transgressions and save me from condemnation. You cleanse me and offer to renew my life. Help me to love You with an everlasting love.
Jesus my Redeemer, You give me a clean heart full of peace. You are the Light of the World. In You is all truth. Your way Lord is the way to heavenly hope, and Your words to me are truth. Help me to love You with an everlasting love.
Jesus my Redeemer, You spoke and the world came into being. You are the giver of life. You have promised me an abundant life in You, and I desire to walk with You. Help me to love You with an everlasting love.
Jesus my Redeemer, You are the vine, protect me from the evil one so that I may be grafted to You. I want to be a branch, ever dependent on You and your church as my source of love and light. Help me to love You with an everlasting love.
Jesus my Redeemer, You carry all knowledge and all power.
You Lord are my medicine. Your words Lord are truth and life.
Help me put my trust in You.
You Lord are my greatest good.
You know my thoughts, my fears, and You feel my pain.
Teach me to suffer for the sake of Your love, so that I may grow to love You with an everlasting love, and serve You faithfully all the remaining days of my life, and merit to see You, face to face, on that glorious day, when You call me into your presence and say, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.’
Lord, in my suffering I choose to unite myself to You. I will carry my cross, with an everlasting love for You, for having given it to me, in Your mercy and wisdom, for the sake of my own redemption and for the salvation of those most dear in my heart.
You are my most loving, most merciful Savior. To You be all glory, honor and praise. Amen.
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