The more that you appreciate
The more you earn a better fate;
So don’t forget, remember who
Sent all those blessings here to you
And tell Him “Thank you,” every day—
It’s a prayer all Christians ought to say.
Yesterday I didn’t drive well;
I made a bad mistake;
Thank you God for the stranger
Whose foot slammed on his brake.
All day today I prayed for him
,As I prayed for many more
Who were quick-thinking at the wheel
And saved my life before.
There’s no other gift to give
To a stranger you don’t meet
Than to offer prayers for him
And lay them at God’s feet.
So every time I think about
Some driver who was skilled
And managed to undo a threat
That could have been fulfilled,
I say another prayer
For those strangers I don’t know
Who were wide awake and ready
When I was dim and slow.
Thank you God for hearing
Prayers for the strength I need
To live through pain and sorrow
Toward the fate you have decreed.
Every answer is not “yes”
But you hold my soul in peace;
And no matter what may happen,
I will pray without surcease;
And the peace beyond my knowing
Will be mine though come what may,
And my victory will be granted
In that great eternal day.
Distressed, disturbed, maligned and grieving,
Tortured and suffering beyond believing;
My goal an ever more distant shore
That I can’t discern with my sight anymore.
Fighting against the surging tide
With all my hopeless and helpless pride;
Until I prayed;
And lo, though the shore remains shrouded in time
And satisfaction ultimately may not be mine,
I find myself calm on the stormy sea
When the peace that passes understanding comes from thee.
Though all I desire and long to regain
May never return, you can still soothe my pain
By the presence of you as you answer my prayer
With the calm assurance that I remain in your care.
Thank you, Lord Jesus. Amen
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