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Thanksgiving

By Fr. Zacharia  

~ Endless Thanksgiving

 

“…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Thessalonians 5:18

 

Remember when your children were young or when you were a youngster; how we educate little ones to say ‘thank you.’  If someone gives a candy to a small child and taps him on the head and the child forgets to say thank you, we as adults remind him by saying, “What do you say?” Mostly the automatic answer comes out ~thank you.

 

Sometimes it can be another scenario.  When my daughter was a kindergarten student, one day she received a piece of chocolate with the pat on the head, she glared at the teacher and I had to remind her, “Helen, what are you going to say?”  She looked up at me and answered, “She messed up my hair, dad!”  I tried to resolve the problem in front of the teacher. “No, no, you forgot to say something to the teacher about the piece of candy.”  Helen then said, “Oh, can I have another piece of candy?”  This kind of behavior is typical of small children and we are humored by it.

 

Now, let’s talk about adults. Of course when an adult forgets to be thankful, it is not so humorous…and sad because thankfulness is the door to a joy filled life. In other words, you would be missing the opportunity to open that door to a joyful life.

 

Why are we thankful?  Because we live on this planet, we are alive, we have good friends and family, we have funny puppies, we have beautiful weather even if it is raining with thunder.  We are enjoying our life. We are thankful to God and nature, to our parents, to our community, to our neighbors, to the teacher who gives our children candy, to everyone that is part of our everyday lives. We are thankful to those that they make special efforts to make each of us happy and they try to give the best that they have of themselves to build us up. It is the biggest gift one can give to each other.

 

Here many of us sacrifice our time and effort and give of ourselves for the benefit this Church. Now is the time to say thank you.  That one word will complete the building of our spiritual accomplishment. That one word is thank you…to God and to all of you!

 

The Church is a gift that we have given to ourselves. This is very good.  Once in a while we need to give to ourselves and be thankful in this way, too. Now we have the time from Thanksgiving to Christmas to prepare to give gifts and share good deeds with the needy, the unfortunate, and the lonely.

 

Why not make the entire year about gift giving and Thanksgiving?  Why not make the gift giving a habit and be thankful throughout the year?  Now you will probably answer my question with another question.  How can we be thinking about being more generous during this bad economical time? Not every gift has to do with money. A gift can be a smile, a child’s kiss, a prayer for your loved ones, and an evening gather of family members to enjoy a cup of tea and each other’s company and be thankful to God for these gifts.

 

It is not important what is served on the table; but who is surrounding the table, especially when Jesus Christ is sitting amongst us.  It is the most divine event.

 

An open-hearted man can always think of a reason to do a good deed toward another and at the same time he can see the good seed in every situation. We, always say you can find a blessing in a bad circumstance. The opposite of an open-hearted man is a selfish man to whom you can never satisfy. Obviously, he does not know how to say thank you and does not know how to return the favor. He is only thinking to ‘take,’ not to give.  We should learn from childhood how to not be selfish.  It is never too late to learn.

 

A Sunday school class had a reception for the students and the teacher decided to use the opportunity to teach how not to be greedy and selfish. They put out a big plate of cookies and candies for each child to take. At the cookie plate, there was a sign that said, “Pick one, God is watching” to teach them to share.  Two children approached the table and one said to the other, “Peter take as much of the candy that you want because God is only watching the cookie plate.”  God bless our children!

 

As adults, we think that God is only watching us when we are inside the church and we are free once we pass through the doors on our way out. God is always watching us and He is always ready to appreciate our gift of faith.  He is prepared to reward your thankful heart.

And there is ALWAYS something GOOD for which we can be thankful!

I Thess. 5:18 “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Lets make a list… a list of all for which we are thankful.

_for our church that we have here , for life, family, friends, health.

 

READ LUKE 17:11-19 = “Now on his way to Jerusalem , Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee . As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him–and he was a Samaritan.
Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
It is an important story about the attitude of thanks and the attitude of ungratefulness. We know that out of the ten lepers who were healed, only one returned to say thank you. There were nine who did not take the time nor make the effort to say thank you to the one who had healed them.
Why did the other nine never return to give thanks. What about you ? Do you recognize all the goodness and blessings in your life??

Amen.

THANKSGIVING PRAYER

 

Almighty and gracious Father,

We give you thanks

For the fruits of the earth

In their season

And for the labors of

Those who harvest them.

Make us, we pray,

Faithful stewards of your of your great bounty,

For the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name;

Through Jesus Christ our Lord,

Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever.

Amen.

 

 


One Comment

  1. Posted November 28, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Permalink | Reply

    “Not every gift has to do with money.” I’m so glad you wrote that. It is sooo true, but so many people in these times and this culture do not recognize that. I’m grateful for the many, many blessings in my life, most not about material things but about love of self, people, and Spirit! Thank you!

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