It grates on my sensibilities when someone exhorts me with scripture about praising God at all times in all circumstances. If she would simply suggest I fix a big mug of Swiss Miss smothered with mini marshmallows, then I might get the message. Praise and gratitude cannot be far behind. You see, praise does not require submission. It requires awareness.
When I release whatever disturbs, worries, concerns, and upsets me and look at the deeper reality of my circumstances, something happens inside me. I notice, and then I start to say a prayer of praise for those good things taken for granted but forgotten in the midst of daily challenges.
—Nell E. Noonan, Not Alone: Encouragement for Caregivers (Upper Room Books, 2009)
How do you respond when someone quotes a scripture about praising God in all circumstances?
Join the conversation.
I will praise the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
—Psalm 146:2 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change those things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
—Prayer attributed to Reinhold Neibuhr
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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