Theme for the Day: Together…we give thanks for God’s grace in one another
Scripture Readings: Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Psalm 100; Philippians 1:3-11; John 1:1-18
Gratitude, in Deuteronomy, is a way of living life with a deep awareness of God’s
presence within us and around us. It is the ability to recognize God’s grace active
and alive in one another and in all people everywhere and to give God thanks. The
joy that flows from this grace is so great that it embraces even “the aliens who
reside among you”.
Gratitude, in the ecumenical context, means being able to rejoice in the gifts of
God’s grace present in other Christian communities, an attitude that opens the door
to ecumenical sharing of gifts and to learning from one another.
All of life is a gift from God: from the moment of creation to the moment God
became flesh in the life and work of Jesus, to this moment in which we are living.
Let us thank God for the gifts of grace and truth given in Jesus Christ, and manifest
in one another and our churches.
What are the gifts of God’s grace that we already experience from other church
traditions in our own communities?
In what ways might Christians of different traditions better receive and share
the varied gifts that God has given to each of us?
Most loving and gracious God, we give thanks for the gifts of your grace that we
experience in our own tradition and in the traditions of other churches. By the
grace of your Holy Spirit, may our gratitude continue to grow as we encounter one
another and experience your gift of unity in new ways. This we pray through Jesus
Christ, our Lord. Amen.