At this special time of year we want to honor and praise our God for all He does.
1 Chronicles - Chapter 29
(New Jerusalem Catholic Bible)
13 So now, our God, we give thanks to you and praise your majestic name,
14 for who am I and what is my people, for us to be able to volunteer offerings like this? - since everything has come from you and we have given you only what you bestowed in the first place,
15 and we are guests before you, and passing visitors as were all our ancestors, our days on earth fleeting as a shadow and without hope.
16 Yahweh our God, all this wealth, which we have provided to build a house for your holy name, has come from you and all belongs to you.
17 'Knowing, my God, how you examine our motives and how you delight in integrity, with integrity of motive I have willingly given all this and have been overjoyed to see your people, now present here, willingly offering their gifts to you.
And from the New Testament:
Romans - Chapter 5
1 So then, now that we have been justified by faith, we are at peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ;
2 it is through him, by faith, that we have been admitted into God's favour in which we are living, and look forward exultantly to God's glory.
3 Not only that; let us exult, too, in our hardships, understanding that hardship develops perseverance,
4 and perseverance develops a tested character, something that gives us hope,
5 and a hope which will not let us down, because the love of God has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.