You’ve seen this week’s sign. Now you ask yourself:
“Am I thanking? Am I giving?”
The temptation here is to think about others, and why they’re not more thankful to you, or to your Mom, or to God. Wouldn’t it be better, though, for each one of us to ask ourselves, “Have I said thank you to the people around me?”. Consider parents, friends, children and grandchildren, clients and service providers, fellow members of our church family. Ask, “Have I thanked them lately?”
What a difference it would make if each of us did this this week! Some people would be surprised that we noticed their contribution. Others might even consider the thank you overdue, but surely would be glad to hear it.
God deserves our thanks and praise, too. Not just when we’ve just recovered from an illness, or when he’s brought us out of a near-disaster, but also for the everyday “miracles” we experience, and for the many blessings each of us can count when we take the time.
We “give” thanks, or we should. But are there other ways we give? And could we do it better, or more? I was thrilled this week to deliver two and half big bins of food to our local ecumenical food bank. In co-operation with St. Peter’s Church and St. Andrews Church. we are able to help those who need it, giving food to the hungry, just as Jesus did, and commanded us to do. Here was an example of our giving making a very practical difference in people’s lives, and it was an opportunity for us to be proud of what we can contribute when we get together and do our part.
So, are you thanking? are you giving? Surely this is what thanksgiving is all about.
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