Daily Worship

Gratitude is the DNA of the believer

Norah Summers October 14, 2022 0 5
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1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 (NRSVA)

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

“I come with joy, a child of God, forgiven, loved and free” (from the hymn ‘I Come with Joy’ by Brian Wren).

Brian Wren’s hymn sums it up so well.

Surely our default should be joy!

I watched the Prom concert which featured Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with its choral setting of Schiller’s Ode to Joy. It was absolutely thrilling – a big orchestra, two huge choirs, sublime music and such joyful, uplifting, encouraging, hopeful words.

Gratitude and joy seem to me to be inextricably entwined




Loving God,

thank you for joy.

Thank you for family and friends,

work and hobbies,

music and art,

sport and leisure,

all that lifts our spirits

and brings us joy.


Thank you for our faith

our hope

our love –

love of you our God

and love of our neighbour.


Thank you for joy.