Wednesday, November 9, 2011

say thanks!

Question for you: how often do you say 'thanks'? Most people, if they are fairly polite, say thanks dozens of times a day. When someone holds a door open; when someone passes the salt; when someone says something nice. And that's just for trivial things ... when somebody does something really special, a reasonable person really goes to town on the gratitude.

Which raises another 

In today's Gospel reading, the crowd gives thanks to God when they see the miracles. But so much of everyday life is a miracle. Let us all remember to give thanks for the many miracles of everyday life ... the thousands of extraordinary ordinary things that God pours into our lives each day ... as well as not losing sight of the extraordinary extraordinary things as well. Amen.
another question (and I bet you saw it coming!): how often do you say thanks to God? As Christians, we are a Eucharistic people; that is, our supreme act of worship is the celebration of the Eucharist. The word 'Eucharist' comes from the Greek εὐχαριστῶ (eucharisto), to thank. So we are a people who give thanks. So, do you thank God often ... or do you take all you have for granted? Maybe you think you don't have all that much to be grateful for ... and I don't know your situation ... but most have a lot to be grateful for ... life itself to begin with ... and ultimately, eternal life in Christ.

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