Bible Thursday 11/23: Grateful 365

Studying this morning's four readings from the St. James Daily Devotional Guide (click to subscribe), I examined myself with these questions. Where is your self-examination leading today?

Psalm 145:1-21. Verse 2, God's word challenges us to thank him every day, not just once a year. By what simple reminder can I develop the practice of daily thanksgiving?

II Chronicles 34:1-33. Verses 15-21, Josiah seeks to restore the Scriptures to their central place in his kingdom. How did the Bible become marginalized in America's thanksgiving tradition? What can I and my church do about it?

Revelation 3:14-22. Verse 17, do I approach this holiday (holy day) more with affluent complacency or with humble dependency?

Luke 17:11-19. Why was the Samaritan more grateful than Jesus' fellow Jews? Was he thus made whole (verse 19) in a deeper way than the other nine lepers? Application to me?

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To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.