Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, November, 2016

posted Nov 3, 2016, 5:49 PM by Lois Kerchner

How Do We Say Thanks?

     Hymn #99 of the United Methodist Hymnal entitled “My Tribute” is actually the chorus of a song by Andrae Crouch which begins as follows:

 

How can I say thanks for all the things you have done for me.
Things so undeserved yet you gave to prove your love for me.
And the voices of a million angels could not express my gratitude
All that I am and ever hope to be I owe it all to Thee (Chorus)
To God be the glory, To God be the glory, To God be the glory
For the things He has done
With His blood, He has saved me
With His power, He has raised me.
To God be the glory for the things he has done.

     It's been said that among all virtues gratitude is practiced least of all. Shakespeare laments: “Blow, blow thou winter wind, thou art not so unkind as man's ingratitude.” Which leads me to advise, “It would be foolish to save up all our thanksgiving for one Thanksgiving Day.” This would be akin to trying to eat enough on November 24th, (Thanksgiving Day this year), so that we would be sufficiently nourished for the next 364 days or so until another Thanksgiving Day holiday comes around in 2017.

    If you are reading this now, you have been blessed with the gift of sight among all the many blessings that have been showered down upon us. Eyesight is something one should be giving thanks for every day – morning and evening. Come to God with a daily prayer of thankfulness: “Dear Heavenly Father, I can't begin to thank you enough for being able to walk, talk, taste, hear, and to see.”

    We find these oft quoted words in “Aurora Leigh” by Elizabeth Barret Browning: “Earth's crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God.” It's not uncommon to sense a Divine presence in the natural world such as experiencing a beautiful sunset, but it would be a mistake to try to find God only within Nature.

    It's been said that God is never closer than when we are passing through some trial. And that, “We sometimes see farther through our tears than at other times, for they are like telescopes.”

    I would encourage the use of whatever “telescope” helps one sense the nearness of the Almighty. I'm thinking of such things as public worship, private devotions, small group bible study, reading the Bible, etc.

    Consider in closing these words of Scripture: “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth”(Ps. 34:1). And these words from

    1st Thessalonians 5:18: “Give thanks in everything; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Make your every day a day of real thanksgiving!

 

Pastor George Weaver
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