April 22

Psalm 116:12-19

“What shall I return to the Lord for all his bounty to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord, I will pay my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.” vss. 12-14

When the psalmist was restored to health there was only one adequate response. He headed to the temple as fast as he could to offer a generous sacrifice of thanksgiving. His response gives us pause for thought about our own situation as we now look forward to the ending stages of this COVID-19 pandemic. As restrictions are eased, a sign that the worst has passed, it would seem appropriate for us to look for ways to express ourselves in thanksgiving. Certainly we’ll want to express thankfulness to health-care workers and others who have put themselves at risk, but some will also want to offer praise and thanks to God. Fortunately there are a multitude of ways to do that. Relief organizations have depleted a large portion of their resources over the last few months–we can certainly funnel our thank offerings to them. And if we’re a part of a faith community there are a multitude of ways to say thank you. Our pastors and lay leaders have shown boundless imagination and creativity in reaching out. They’ve made enormous efforts to stay connected via technology and old-fashioned phone calls. And there have been no weekly offerings! Those congregations are going to need our thank offerings and more. It’s a great way to return thanks to the Lord!

Thought for the Day: How am I going to return thanks to the Lord?

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