I Thessalonians 5:18 “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
The following hymn was written by John Oatman Jr in 1897:
When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
Count your blessings name them one by one.
Count your blessings see what God hath done.
Count your blessings, name them one by one.
Count your many blessings see what God hath done.
Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will be singing as the days go by.
When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold.
Count your many blessings money cannot buy,
Your reward in heaven, not your home on high.
So amid the conflict, whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all.
Count your many blessings, angels will attend.
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.
Counting our blessings is indeed a very good thing, but our greatest joy and thankfulness should first be to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for His great sacrifice on the cross. Without Him we would have no hope. How my heart is filled with praise and thanksgiving to God for sending His only begotten Son to die in my place, that I might have the forgiveness of sin and the hope of eternal life.