Pass The Gratitude, Please

Can you pass the gratitude, please? Besides all the wonderful foods that are made annually on Thanksgiving, there’s another tradition that millions of people practice each year that makes the fourth Thursday of the month of November something so very special and anticipated. It’s the deliberate act of giving Thanks.

Many families before they dig into the meal will take a few moments and go around the table and share “one thing” they are particularly thankful for. I highly recommend making it a family tradition around your own table, even if you are eating alone as nothing is as nourishing for the human heart and soul than gratitude.

Imagine if you can King David in Psalm 139:17-18 sitting around his own Thanksgiving table and before he begins to eat he stops to contemplate the goodness of God. Here is what he said, “How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.” In other words if each of us sat down at our Thanksgiving table and before we ate we decided that we would thank God for all His blessings in our lives we’d never get to the meal.

We have so much to be thankful for and not just at Thanksgiving so its good to get an early start this week and consider all the ways God has blessed our lives big and small. Let’s follow King David’s lead in cultivating a grateful heart every day throughout the year by recalling to our mind Psalm 103:2, “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits” because Psalm 118:1 is true too, “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” Pass the gratitude won't you please because His love endures forever!


Michael Osthimer





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