Bless the Lord, O My Soul

Trudy Maassen Vander Haar

READ : Psalm 103:1-22

The season of Advent begins next Sunday. During Advent we prepare to celebrate God’s greatest gift His Son. Part of that preparation in our house is the hanging of a family memory wreath. Each year at Thanksgiving time we decide on one special blessing that God has given us. Then we find some trinket to represent this and put it on the wreath. This year we’ll add our 48th annual reminder of God’s care in both happy and more difficult situations.

What a hodgepodge of mementos from baby bracelets to wedding bells, from mini photos of churches we’ve served to a tiny moving van and a little toy airplane and, of course, symbols of our grandchildren. Although the happy times outweigh the sad, we have trinkets on the wreath to represent those sad times too. We have found God’s grace to be sufficient (2 Cor. 12:9).

In the one-hundred and third Psalm with which we both began and end these November meditations, David praises God with all that is within him, for all God’s benefits and for God’s providence in all things through all the ages (verses 1,2,3 & 17).

The season of Advent continues to call us to express gratitude for God’s gift of grace. This God of grace, through His Son, offers us forgiveness and eternal life! May the grace of God be with you all!


For all Your goodness and mercy, Lord Jesus, and lives enriched by thankful hearts, we are grateful. Amen.