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Dayenu: ... it would have been enough for us.

He does not ration his gift of the Spirit. (John 3:34)

Those who have lived through hard times, when food and other resources were rationed, often have trouble counting on abundance. Long after the crisis has passed, they can remain cautious, holding some of what they have in reserve “just in case.”

Mercifully, we don’t have to be this way with our heavenly Father. His love is inexhaustible. He holds nothing back from us. Rather, he gives us his Holy Spirit without measure. No matter how much of God’s generous love we experience, there is always more available for the asking.

A beautiful prayer recited during the Jewish Passover meal has the refrain Dayenu, which translates to “It would have been enough for us.” It goes something like this:

God, if you had only created us, it would have been enough for us.

If you had only freed us from slavery in Egypt, it would have been enough for us.

If you had only given us your wise Law, it would have been enough for us.

If you had only fed us with manna, it would have been enough for us.

If you had only brought us into the Promised Land, it would have been enough for us.

The prayer lists many more blessings that God has poured out on his people and concludes: “How much more do we have to be thankful for the manifold and unbounded blessings of the All-Present God!”

What a great prayer for us today! No matter how much we realize all that God has done for us, there is always more. Maybe you have been blessed in ways that you haven’t even noticed. Certainly there are still more gifts he has in store for you. There is never a reason to doubt that God wants to give you more.

What would your own Dayenu list look like? Think of the ways your heavenly Father has provided for you, blessed you, and revealed his love to you. Think too of the blessings you hope to see in years to come. Take some time in prayer today to rejoice in his boundless gifts in your life—past, present, and future.

“Lord, if you had only forgiven my sin or removed my guilt, it would have been enough. But you have done so much more. All praise to you!”

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