In many ways, 2020 has been an Advent kind of year: a year when hope has been the currency of our survival, and joy has shown up in the most unexpected places.
Even in their worry Paul knows there are still things to be thankful for. And as they season their requests and petitions with gratitude, they will better recognize the hand of God already at work on their behalf.
Gratitude can usher us into praise and worship as we take time to follow it back to its source.
Every time we feel gratitude, even if it’s for a small favor or a tiny comfort, we can tap into the larger gratitude of the Eucharist, giving thanks for Christ’s redemptive work on our behalf.
When we experience the alignment of things going our way, or when we feel the Spirit’s encouragement even when things don’t, something as simple as a look toward heaven and a whisper of “thank you” throughout our days can be a reminder that God is good and deserves our praise.