George Washington wrote that “it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor.”

“I know I’m a lucky man; God’s given me a pretty fair hand.” -Montgomery Gentry

“I think we all sin by needlessly ignoring the apostolic injunction to ‘rejoice’ as much as by anything else.” -C.S. Lewis

“I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime; moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor–it is the gift of God.” -Ecclesiastes 3:12-13

“A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven.” -John 3:27

Lord, thank you for all the things I’m not always thankful for. Please help me to rejoice in what you have given me; help me to follow your commandment, “You shall not covet.” Thank you for my life and all that I have in this world. Please help me to focus on the next.