Spiritual Practice

Thanks Giving

Richard Lawton

We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in our country. It’s a peculiarly American celebration. However, at our main meal each day, we say grace at our table. We give thanks to God for our food and for other blessings in our lives that day.

Setting aside a special day for giving thanks and saying grace before meals can come with a risk. These rituals may become the only times we express our thanks to God for all God has provided for us. That’s a bit like saying thanks to our parents only when they give us a birthday present or to our siblings only when they do something extraordinary for us.

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)

First Thessalonians 5:18a says, “Give thanks in all circumstances.” Wow! Think of the risk if we adopt that attitude; we could be transformed.

Sometimes, we focus on our disappointments; we think about how mean some people are to us or to others and about how inadequate we feel. Especially in these times, if we try focusing on things for which we are thankful, our whole perspective can change.

I have plenty to eat. Someone cares for me. I am learning something at school. I have a job. I belong to a caring church. Name the things for which you can be thankful today.


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REFLECT: How would your life change if you said thank you for everything?




Richard Lawton is from Adelaide, Australia.

—from devozine (July/August 2014). Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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