RE Verse reading–Psalm 116:12-19, Mark 8:34-37, 2 Timothy 1:8-12 (day four) “I shall pay my vows to the Lord, Oh may it be in the presence of all His people” (116:14) Built into Psalm 116 is an important insight into gratitude. To express thanks to God requires us to live with His people, for His people. True gratitude is not private or isolated. Yesterday, I sent my Father a card for Father’s Day. I suspect my brother and sister did the same. As sincere as our expressions of gratitude were, I do not think that they would have had the desired effect had we been at odds, tense and distant from each other. (thankfully we aren’t) As the writer of Psalm 116 knows, gratitude toward the Father requires the brothers and sisters to be together. “One God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:6) To be my Father’s son, makes me my brother’s keeper. . .if I am grateful.