Thursday, November 23, 2006

I would rather you just said "thank you" and went on your way.




How do you express gratitude? To whom do you express gratitude?

How do you express gratitude to a sovereign God from whom all blessings flow?

After we take up the offering each week at Providence Church we sing together The Doxology (from the Greek word (δόξα) for "glory") to vocally recognize the source of all our provisions.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise Him, all creatures here below.
Praise Him above, ye heav'nly host.
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Everything good in our lives is a gift from God above (James 1:17), from Him who is gracious even to those in rebellion as His unmerited favor showers blessings on the just and the unjust (Matt 5:43-48).

However, the difference should be in the response of His children, who learn the secret of contentment regardless of their circumstances. They give thanks in all situations (1 Thes 5:18), with their words, affections, and how they subsequently live their lives.

Today is Thanksgiving, a day of feasting and football for many, but originally a day of giving thanks ... to a God who provided and preserved. We know how they expressed gratitude?

How do you express gratitude? Today and every day?

Happy Thanksgiving to you and may our hearts express the reason for the season, giving thanks to God for all He does AND all He is.


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