I have two books that have ministered to me over the last several years and have taught me about the power of thanksgiving. I know I have mentioned One Thousand Gifts and Jesus Callingbefore, but today, this Thanksgiving, I am especially grateful for all they have taught me.
Even if I can’t thank Him for a difficult situation, I can still count blessings elsewhere. In One Thousand Gifts, Ann Voskamp writes,
“I only deepen the wound of the world when I neglect to give thanks for early light dappled through leaves and the heavy perfume of wild roses in early July and the song of crickets on humid nights … Why would the world need more anger, more outrage? How does it save the world to reject unabashed joy when it is joy that saves us?” (page 58)
Before many of his miracles in the Gospels, Jesus gave thanks. Before he fed the 5,000, before he raised Lazarus from the dead, and before he was to die on the cross, at the last supper, he gave thanks. Even Jesus knew the power of thanksgiving, of eucharisteo. If it was important for Him to give thanks, wouldn’t it be even more important for me?
“A life of praise and thanksgiving becomes a life filled with miracles.” (page 346)
As we move into our preparations for Christmas and prepare to sing “Joy to the World”, let’s prepare our hearts by recording each day the blessings around us; a child’s laughter, the beauty of snow, a lesson in patience, a card from a friend. When we create a grateful heart, there really will be joy in the world.
(Originally posted on my first blog, Journey to the Best in Me, November 28, 2013)