Thank God It’s Friday.

Some people use that because they’re living for the weekend.  Others use it because the dirt track Hangover 100 (now postponed to Saturday) is finally here.

And some people say it because they thank God for everything.  I mean, everything.

For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God.

be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father

(from 2 Cor 4:15 and Eph 5:18b-20)

And why not?  God is large and in charge.  He is the provider of every good and perfect gift.  The breath you are taking right now is a gift from God.  The eyes you are reading this with, or the ears you are hearing it with, or the computer it’s being presented on (or paper, if somebody goes real lo-tech) – these are all a gift from God.  Thank Him for it!

The electricity running your computer – yes, you pay for it, or someone does that for you, but you don’t have to come up with the ideas of alternating current.  It’s a gift from Mr. Edison and God.

The heat in your house, even if it’s too cool for your tastes, is a gift from God and your providers.  The house itself is a gift, even if you’re upside-down on the mortgage.  The materials used to make it: 2x4s, wall board, paint and flooring material – all this was created somewhere by somebody, and given to you at a price you couldn’t match.  A gift, from God and a system called Capitalism.  From Psalm 39:6

Surely every man walks about as a phantom; surely they make an uproar for nothing; he amasses riches and does not know who will gather them.

Okay, applying that verse was a stretch.  How about Ecc 3:13

every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor–it is the gift of God

So for this day, this weekend, this year, this decade (whether you think it starts today or next year), for your work or your free time, for your marriage or your lack of one, for your president or your hopes for 2012, for last night’s celebration or today’s lack of a hangover:

Give thanks!