Music and speech: how do you experience Thanksgiving on a daily basis?

By | November 19, 2022

Editor’s Notice: “The Spoken Phrase” is shared by Lloyd Newell every Sunday on the Tabernacle Choir’s weekly present in Temple Sq.. This will likely be given on November 20, 2022.

Even throughout troublesome occasions, maybe particularly throughout troublesome occasions, we’d like the blessing of gratitude. Think about this invitation from President Russell M. Nelson: “Our first noble act within the morning ought to be a humble prayer of gratitude” (see “Pleasure Cometh within the Morning,” Ensign, Nov. 1986, web page 68).

Are you able to think about a day that begins like this? How may we strategy a day that we think about a present from God? In spite of everything, this superb world and every thing good in it got here from it, together with our very lives. We are able to by no means end counting our blessings, however we will start, and we will “dwell every day in thanksgiving, for the numerous mercies and blessings that [God] … to agree[s] on [us](see Alma 34:38).

So how can we dwell extra absolutely in every day thanksgiving? [Below are responses included in the broadcast]

“I do not suppose gratitude means pretending that every thing in my life has been straightforward. After all, I had troublesome occasions. However deep in my coronary heart, I’ve at all times tried to thank God for the little blessings that come. I discovered that after I seemed for causes to be grateful, I at all times discovered them.

“I was fairly unfavourable and depressed at occasions, however after I made the choice to be extra grateful, I simply felt happier. I discover issues like the attractive folks round us, my loving household – all types of fine issues and good folks round me. Deciding to be grateful completely modified my perspective. Actually, I’d say it modified my life.

“For me, prayer is the important thing to gratitude. I pray each morning and specific my because of God for his many blessings. There’s one thing about saying it out loud that drives gratitude deeper into my coronary heart.

“It is nice to have a day or a season to put aside for Thanksgiving. However God’s blessings are at all times there, so my coronary heart could be stuffed with because of God and my family members in all seasons, day by day.

It’s straightforward for our prayers to change into a listing of requests, as if we had been ordering from “a cosmic merchandising machine” (see “Our Relationship with God,” by D. Todd Christofferson, Ensign or Liahona, Could 2022, web page 78). . What may occur if we noticed prayer as a substitute as an opportunity to specific our gratitude? After all, the good God of the universe desires to bless us, and He invitations us to ask, search and knock (see Matthew 7:7). However it’s also true that one of many biggest blessings it provides is the peace and perspective that fills our souls as we dwell every day in thanksgiving.

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