On every day of our lives, we have reasons to be grateful.
Some days just make it harder to remember those reasons.
For the past four or five days, I've been lifted up by gratitude. It's an answer to weeks of prayer, perhaps even months of prayer.
Nothing special has happened in the past five days. Nothing horrible has happened. But under the constant flow of good news and bad news, I've been conscious of my blessings and encouraged by a sense of God's providence and care for me.
I wonder if this short grace, often the target of humor, is actually one of our most profound and life-changing requests:
"For what we are about to receive, may the Lord make us truly grateful."