The good news is that by rehearsing the grace of God in our lives we are drawn closer to him. In a sense the best way to know him is through is excellencies, and those are displayed in both his person and his provision. Thankfulness for the very character of God leads to thankfulness for the gifts that make an otherwise difficult life rather pleasant until he calls us home. He is the gentle catcher at the end of the slide. The added benefit is that as we do this we are filled with the Spirit who produces the fruit of joy on our behalf. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon in preparation for the Lord’s Day.