1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV)
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Three times a month, Jermaine Washington and Michelle Stevens get together for what they call a "gratitude lunch." With good reason! Washington donated a kidney to Stevens, whom he described as "just a friend." They met at work where they used to have lunch together. One day Michelle wept as she spoke about waiting on a kidney donor list for 11 months. She was being sustained by kidney dialysis, but suffered chronic fatigue and blackouts and was plagued by joint pain. Because Washington couldn't stand the thought of watching his friend die, he gave her one of his kidneys. Michelle likes to say “If you've got something great to be thankful for, having a "gratitude lunch" is a great way to celebrate.” When we think about the great thing Jesus did for us lets take the time to have a “Gratitude lunch” and thank Him for the great things He does for us each and every day.
Dear Lord, we thank You for dying on the cross and raising from the dead to take away our sins. Help us always be grateful for the gift and for You. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.