Thanksgiving is for Show

Posted: November 15, 2017 in Uncategorized
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You know why you’re thankful, but do you know how to show it?

Expressions of Thanksgiving

Some people express gratitude with hearts and hands. How do you show your thanks?

“Have you seen those sour-pusses in the choir?” One of our church teens was grumbling at me as if he had proof that Christianity was a lark.  Another teen came to my rescue in a way that cracked me up. She said, “If your heart feels like smiling, why not inform your face!”

I was thinking about that teenager’s humorous comment and the state of our hearts today while reflecting on Thanksgiving. Sometimes our heart is filled with gratitude but we don’t always express it well. Sure, once a year we sit big-bellied around the awesome fruits of a bountiful fall harvest and name the reasons why we’re thankful. But how do we let our thankful hearts inform our daily living? How do we say “thank you” with our hands as well as our voices?

Some people volunteer or make donations to special causes. Others express their gratitude by signing-up for a special walk or run to bring attention to a good cause. Still, others channel their gratitude into opportunities to extend forgiveness to others. It’s been said, after all, that “thanks is for giving.”

I’d like to hear from you. Please offer a comment and share with others how you let your thankful heart inform your life and your actions?

Thanksgiving Blessings!


Let us come into God’s presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to God with songs of praise! – Psalm 95:2

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