“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.” – Henry David Thoreau
Father Alexander Schmemann of blessed memory says that thanksgiving and joy are the essential elements of a life in Christ and Saint John of Kronstadt says that the soul involuntarily longs to praise God. This blessed gift is already present within each us but requires tending and nurture.
To give thanksgiving is to bless and also to love, for when we give thanks we return and offer back to God what He has bestowed to us.
Gratitude is fertilizer to the soil of prayer germinating seeds of hope, patience in tribulation, and a tissue blessing tears.
Thanksgiving is Eukharistia and seeks not to be right but rather righteousness and it is yielding and forgiving; grounded in reality.
Thanksgiving is healing and the candlelight of vigil. It rejoices with those who rejoice and mourns with those who mourn (Romans 12:35). It seeks no glory but glorifies.
Offering thanks gives much peace to the present moment, and cultivates wonder at the fragrant act of a costly oil of spikenard, poured upon and anointing the feet of Jesus.