Give thanks to the Lord, the God of the poor, for He is good and His loving faithfulness endures Forever--He will never cease until all are liberated and all are restored. Give thanks that the God of the poor has invited us to be a part of his work of rescue, that God has opened himself in grace and mercy to us despite our indifference and our hatred for the people around us. Since God will never cease in His work of restoration, we only find life when we somehow find ourselves moving in the direction of His peace and redemption. This is why our gratitude must be paired with compassionate generosity; because the God to whom we are grateful is a God who frees slaves and relentlessly seeks peace. And that for which we are thankful is the same faithfulness which still moves in the direction of the cross.