1 Thessalonians 5:18
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
A child knelt at the accustomed time to thank God for the mercies of the day, and pray for His care during the coming night. Then, as usual, came the "God bless mother and —" But the prayer was stilled, the little hands unclasped, and a look of sadness and wonder met the mother's eye, as the words of helpless sorrow came from the lips of the kneeling child, "I cannot pray for father any more." Since her lips had been able to form the dear name, she had prayed for a blessing upon it. It had followed close after her mother's name. But now he was dead. I waited for some moments, and then urged her to go on. Her pleading eyes met mine, and with a voice that faltered, she said, "Oh, mother, I cannot leave him out all at once; let me say, 'Thank God that I had a dear father once,' so I can still go on and keep him in my prayers." And so she still continues to do, and my heart learned a lesson from the loving ingenuity of my child. Remember to thank God for mercies past as well as to ask blessings for the future.
Parallel VersesKJV: In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.