I heard on the radio yesterday about a scientific study that concluded that people who physically write thank you notes are happier (less depressed) than those that don’t take the time to write pretty little notes, address the envelope, paste a stamp in the upper right hand corner and go to the mailbox. I’m guessing (not based on a scientific study) that a test message TY might not have the same effect.
But, clearly, sending a thank you – expressing some form of gratitude – is one way to show that you are THANK – (ful).
Sometimes I think about all the great and wonderful gifts that I’ve gotten over the years…..the savings bonds from Nan and Pop that helped me buy my first car, the engagement ring from my husband AND the macaroni necklace from my pre-schooler…..unexpected, thoughtful, wonderful gifts from my family and friends – for which I am always grateful. And for which I always (at least try) to remember to write a thank you note.
Then I think about the things that God has given me. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights…..” (James 1:17) True – so true. A home, a family, food on the table…..some might say – too many gifts to mention. Eternal love, Christ’s sacrifice, strength, wisdom, patience…..how do you write a thank you not for those????
I pray. Quick, short prayers of thanksgiving. It’s sunny : “Thank you, Lord, for the warmth on my shoulders.” And then I might break in to a John Denver song (kidding Josiah). It’s raining: “Thanks for the rain that will make those daffodils pop up.” “My teenager is being a jerk – but thank you for the patience I need to deal with him.” Short. Sweet. To-the-point thank you notes.
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
So, dear parents – amidst the gnashing of teeth and the rending of hair as you struggle to get your little hellion to put pen to paper and thank old Aunt Clara for the footie rabbit pajamas……also remember to help your kiddos form that strong bond with their creator. Pray with them every day. Express praise. Give thanks. Help them to show they are GRATE – (ful) for all gifts great and small.
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100:4-5