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Tonight I was suddenly struck with how dark it was at six o’clock. I had not looked at the clock & was unaware as to the time. I thought it was much later than it actually was. To look at the clock & discover that it was, in fact, ONLY six o’clock was surprising to me. Several questions went through my mind:

Was it this dark yesterday at six o’clock?

     When did it become so dark so early?

         How had I missed the progression of darkness?

Seriously. Have you ever noticed that we are not aware of how dark it is until the light is gone?

Romans 1:21 tells us something about this process:

“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” (NIV).

The people that Paul is speaking about KNEW God. But their problem was that they were not glorifying Him as God. In other words, they would not worship Him as God. Neither would they give Him thanks. And so began the process in their hearts. Their thinking became foolish. Their thoughts about God became confused. Their minds went dark.

I read this quote:

“An unthankful heart eventually becomes dark.” (Albert Lindsey).

If ever you wanted to know the importance of gratitude, here is one reason we want to cultivate an attitude of gratitude. We want to keep the light on in our hearts.

So, with that said, what are you grateful for today?