Thanksgiving is coming; Thanksgiving (for me) marks the beginning of
the end of the year and the beginning of the holiday season. And it is
a time to remember the previous year with thanks.
“Thanks” I have always thought was a word that you say to make people
feel good, you know, like the waitress at the restaurant, thanks is
kind of a catch-all word that can fix your thoughtless words or actions.
As I have had kids I have realised the truth in the saying that, “a
thankful heart is a merry heart.” Kids sometimes snatch, grab and
fight for the gift that you bring them. Rather than a word of thanks
they use a word like ”MINE”. Other times they show real thankfulness,
especially after they have learned to go without for awhile.
A person who is always thankful is refreshing to himself and everyone
around him, like cool water on a hot day.
Now I can see that giving thanks to someone for their service or gift
is about my heart and theirs. True thankfulness can link people
together in a brotherly way.
When I realise the effect of thankfulness, first on myself (the
receiver) and then on giver, I see that approaching God with
thankfulness is always fitting. Thankfulness to God links our heart to
God’s and we can learn and experience giving thanks in all
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18