God is beyond time and able to see past, present, and future events simultaneously. He is able to take in the full panorama of human existence yet he is also able to focus on a moment in our time and celebrate its significance.

It is something we need to do to. There is much suffering and difficulty not only in our world but in our own communities. Despite this, there are times to stop for celebration, when we put aside the difficulties and rejoice in what we have—our physical blessings, our relationship with God, our spiritual inheritance. Times of thankfulness and appreciation help us to gain a better perspective and encourage us to be more generous, as we realize how blessed we are.