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Archive for December 3rd, 2019

Gratitude is one of the characteristics of Christian prayer — gratitude for past favors innumerable; gratitude that we are living among men, thus being given an opportunity to show our love toward our Father by serving our brethren, our fellow-men, in their physical and spiritual needs; gratitude for our government, that we are not living in a state of anarchy; gratitude for such gifts as the Lord will in response to our prayer choose to grant us, no matter what their nature; gratitude which, though it sees no way of help, still is so confident of God’s aid that it thanks God for it even before it arrives. Cf. Ps. 43, 5. (From Pr. Theo. Laetsch’s Sermon Study on 1 Timothy 2: 1-4, Concordia Theological Quarterly, May 1935)

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