“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” -Job 1:21

When you give worship to God, when you say thank you to God, you’re focusing on what you have left, not what you’ve lost.

If I were going to say anything to you, it is this: All of us have lost things in our lives. Life is hard. Life is difficult. We suffer, we lose people we love, we encounter sickness, and our dreams crumble. But in it all, there are always possibilities, opportunities, and a God whose love endures forever.

When we practice, like in the Psalms, rhythms of saying thank you, we become the kind of people, even though we grieve when we lose, that don’t focus on what we’ve lost; we focus on what we have left.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, I have lost and I have gained, but you always comfort me in my losses and show me new possibilities along the road ahead. Thank you, dear Father. Amen.

REFLECTION: How has God comforted you when you have lost? How has he showed you the way to new opportunities?

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