In our Tuesday staff devotions, Mrs. Gunnink shared with us some thoughts about the word gratitude. She really peaked my interest to the point of wanting to explore the word even more. Here is a little bit of what I found. Gratitude is a true sense of thankfulness or appreciation for all that we have been given by God. It is truly a feeling and an acknowledgment of being thankful. As it is written in Psalm 136:1 “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever.” In that verse, I hear, His love, His kindness and His faithfulness will never run out. Gratitude is also being aware of the gift of the “everyday” and the “ordinary,” it means enjoying a walk in the neighborhood or appreciating a glass of cold water or hanging out with friends. My prayer for all of us during this busy time of year, is that we pause and take notice of the simple parts of our days and be grateful. Finally, Colossians 3:15 says it perfectly, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Amen.