After the Bible story, we talk about what we want to tell God that night, and Hannah always picks a few things from the day to give thanks for. Most of the time, she gives thanks for her family and friends. Sometimes it’s for a toy…you get the picture. A couple of nights ago, she said this prayer:
Thank you for God.
In Jesus name,
At first, I thought that she doesn’t understand what she’s saying. She doesn’t realize that we give thanks for God’s gifts or His wonderful creation. But, that prayer has rattled around in my brain until I finally came to a much better conclusion.
Hannah prayed a prayer that I’ve never prayed.
I have never once thought to thank God for being God. Thank Him for being who He is. God does not have to be a merciful god. There is no requirement on Him to be a god of love, grace, and mercy. He could have easily chosen a different way to exist. We exist because he is a god of love. He could zap us out of existence with a blink of an eye. But, he doesn’t.
So often, I get tied up in the culture we live in, and I begin to focus my thankfulness on the things I have. Not necessarily material things, although I am grateful for what He has provided. Even focusing solely on the wonderful family and life He has given me is potentially dangerous as my focus is on me…not Him. Maybe I’ve forgotten that my things and my life that I am so thankful for are not for me…they are for Him.
My prayers are going to sound different. I want to remember that God is love not because he has to be…but because He chose to be love. He chose to be merciful. He chose to send Jesus. I am thankful to God for who and what He chose to be.
Thank you, God…for God.