Gratitude for Others

May 20, 2022

Ephesians 1.15-23

15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

We see our gratitude to God and to others.  What about our gratitude for others?  Paul is grateful for the faith he hears about and sees in the people at Ephesus.  He speaks of his gratitude for others who are part of the church in his letters as well.  Seeing that they are supporting him in prayers and that they are living out faith in their places.  Gratitude that no one serves as part of the church alone, but each serving and holding each other up with encouragement, prayers and assistance.

I can give thanks for so many who do the same for us.  People who let us know that they pray for us often.  Others who serve in several ways to make things continue so well.  People who are living out faith in life.  Those who given thanks and encouragement in return for what takes place here.  The list of names would be long and somehow I would miss someone, so assume the list is each one and then a few more beyond.

When we spend time in our prayers, whatever time of day that may be, for whom do we give thanks.  Beyond the obvious of our parents, children, extended families, who have helped to build faith in us.  The ones who have taught us, or continue to teach us.  The ones who lead on councils, boards, etc.  Those who are following us in faith, yet coming along side to join us in faith and life.  The ones who are pushing us to see differently, even when it causes struggle in mind and spirit. 

As we spend time in prayer, let’s offer thanks for people.  People who are helping us, leading us, teaching us, challenging us, following us; people who are with us.  Grateful that we are never alone in our faith.  And even as we have various roles, differing thoughts, many gifts; we give thanks to God for people with us in our lives of faith.

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Prayer

Father God, we are grateful for all your gifts to us.  You have given us your love and forgiveness, making us your people.  You have given us your Spirit to equip us and lead us in life.  And you have placed us in the midst of your people to encourage us, form us, and live with us in faith.  We thank you for all your gifts to us for our lives of following you in faith.  Amen.

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  1. What a glorious prayer that scripture turns out to be when we change the pronouns ‘he’ to ‘You’; ‘you’ and ‘your’ to ‘our fellow believers’. Thank you, Lord! 🙂