Th-th-thanks, God, really….

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them…This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. I Tim 2:1, 3-4

I generally pray for protection from mean, greedy, proud, violent, selfish people rather than thanking God for them. But God in His grace and mercy gave all of us Jesus, even the people who are currently registering zero on our thankfulness meters. His Spirit draws us into one another’s redemption stories. Every relationship has the potential to become mutually transforming through prayer and thanksgiving.

Lord, thank you for all the people in my life. Period.