Songs of Gratitude

 Gratitude

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be
thankful.  Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom
through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.   And whatever you
do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:15-17

I struggle with my thoughts. I have all my life.   Sometimes, the obsessive and repetitive nature of them torment me.   This week I’m fighting for peace.

I think the apostle Paul was on to something, when he prescribed songs of gratitude as a pathway to peace. The tunes and words for songs occupy a different neural pathway in the brain; they form a loop stronger than thoughts alone. For me, music also gives voice to the deepest recesses of the heart.   A song of thanksgiving can quite literally turn my thoughts around, and usher in the calming presence of God that dwells deep within me.  His grace is always sufficient.

Before we consider the heavy subject matter of Matthew 18 next week, may we allow this week to be one of gratitude.   Let’s flood our brain with the synaptic connections of thankfulness.   As we approach a set aside day of Thanksgiving, may we let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts! We can make the choice to let his message dwell among us, as we encourage one another with song. Here’s one of my favorites…

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