“Dear….Thank you for..” Looking through my box of thank you cards, my children would find just the right one. Diligently, I taught my children the importance of writing thank you notes whenever they received a gift from a relative or friend. We started with the name and why we were thankful. Address the card on the outside and there it went through the mail.
Being thankful should be that simple. We address the giver and name the things given. But it seems people are forgetting the most important part – “Dear…?” People say they are thankful but to whom? We say, “I’m just thankful.” Today in our culture, we are thankful for ourselves, our hard work, our knowledge and decisions that have given us the comforts we enjoy.
King David didn’t forget whom to give thanks. He was one of the greatest Kings of Israel and yet he knew who to address when giving thanks:
“We give thanks to You, O God. We give thanks for Your name is near. We recount your wondrous deeds.” Psalm 75:1
“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good…” Psalm 106:1
We give thanks to God because He gives to us daily. He takes care of us, feeds us, comforts us, and loves us. But He also gave us the greatest gift ever. Jesus Christ His only Son to give us life. To pay the greatest penalty for our sins. To be forgiven.
“For God so loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son…”
Thanksgiving Day may be over for the year 2013 but a life of giving thanks to God should be a daily occurrence. That’s why I wanted to write about giving thanks the week after the official day.
The first fruits of a follower of Jesus Christ should be thanks. Thanks for the awesome gift of knowing God, the peace of knowing I am forgiven and the joy of being loved all given to us through Jesus.
King David said, “But we your people…will give thanks to You forever, from generation to generation we will recount your praises.” Psalm 79:13
Today I will give thanks not because of a holiday but because of a person. My thankfulness is addressed to God the Creator, the Giver of all things. I will be like David and share my praises of God with my family, from generation to generation. I will recount all He has done in my life through Jesus Christ. My list of things to be thankful for starts with God. Without Him I would be nothing and have nothing. What has He done for you? What are you thanking God for today? Has your thanksgiving ended because of a holiday or has it just begun?
“The Christian who walks with the Lord and keeps constant communion with Him will see
many reasons for rejoicing and thanksgiving all day long.” Warren Wiersbe