Saying Thank You
                    Saying Thank You
This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.                  
- 2 Corinthians 9:12-15    (NIV)
We are about to enter a season of gift-giving, an exciting time for young and old, but it can also be a stressful time.  We struggle with giving the perfect gift to everyone on our list.  We want to see on the face of each recipient a look of true pleasure which tells us they appreciate the gift we have chosen.   On the other hand, when we ourselves receive gifts we want to be sure that the giver knows how much we appreciate their gift to us.  How can we best say “Thank you?”
In her “Reflections on Working Toward Peace,” noted child advocate Marian Wright Edelman asks this question: “How will we say thanks for the life, earth, nations, and children God has entrusted to our care?”  It’s a thought-provoking question.  To answer it, we must first acknowledge that our entire existence, our very selves; our bodies, our families, the whole earth and all the peoples on it are indeed gifts from God.  Secondly, we must accept that God has given us responsibility to care for all of these gifts.   We show our gratitude to Him through the ways in which we carry out that responsibility.   Our service and kindness to others, how we use our bodies, our care of the environment, our concern for those in lands other than our own, our efforts on behalf of the weak, are all ways we say “Thank you” to God.  
Dear God, we thank You for all you have given us.  Help us to live lives overflowing in expressions of our thanks to You.  Amen
- Barbara Long


Last Published: November 27, 2013 3:41 PM
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