- Published: Monday, 20 May 2019 15:19
- Written by Ian Brown
Let’s Give Thanks for all things
Last week, Aileen and I were putting together the Reflective Service, which will be held on Monday 3 June at 2pm and then again at 7pm. The theme is ‘Time to Give Thanks’. We chose two areas to be focussed on during the service but it got me thinking that there are so many more areas where we should give thanks.
We, too easily, take things for granted, such as having a roof over our head and food in our cupboards but these are areas we do give thanks for occasionally. In our prayers we ask God to help those who have no home and don’t have enough food for themselves or their family and by doing that we acknowledge that we are blessed to have these items and thank God for them.
There are other areas of our lives, I am sure, we don’t even think about. Speaking for myself I know that when I go to the bathroom or kitchen tap, water will come out when I turn them on. I am extremely disappointed when there has to be work done and this cannot happen. An area we should give thanks to God for as there are so many people in this world that do not have that privilege, if they are lucky they have a tap in their house or village that sometimes has water. There are many more that have to wash themselves, their clothes and use the water from a river for cooking, which may be several miles away.
When I plug one of the many items in my home in, I take for granted that electricity will make it work. It is most inconvenient if there is a power cut, which only happens occasionally and for a short time. There are some people that live constantly with the thought of ‘will there be electricity or not’. However, there are many more that have never witnessed the power that electricity has and the items that can be powered by it.
These are only two small areas that we should thank God for in our lives.
From one end of the Bible to the other, we are commanded to be thankful. In fact, thankfulness is the natural outflowing of a heart that is attuned to God. The psalmist declared, “Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving” (Psalm 147:7, NIV). Paul wrote, “Be thankful” (Colossians 3:15, NIV). A spirit of thanksgiving is always the mark of a joyous Christian.
So, why should we be thankful? Because God has blessed us, and we should be thankful for each blessing.