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Today with Jesus

Giving Thanks

by Rev. Fr. V.V. Paulose, Toronto, Canada

Today's Bible Verse

"But thanks be to God, who always leads us in Victory through Christ, God uses us to spread his knowledge everywhere like a sweet-smelling perfume." ( 2 Corinthians 2:14)

Discussion

Do you forget to say a word of thanks for all the benefits you have received?

We are at the mercy of God. All living beings are inter-connected with the same source. Nobody could live by disconnecting this relation. We are strengthened our relationship with God and our fellow beings by leading a life of thanks. We should not forget all the benefits of God that we enjoy. Always keep the word of thanks in our lips. Thank you, yes thank you, or no thank you are the normal responses from any English people you encounter for anything.

The effectiveness of thanks are far-reaching and nobody could fathom it. It benefits mainly to the giver than to the receiver. Donít forget to say a word of thanks for every things Ėgood or bad. We could express it by a word of prayer, a smile, a warm shake hands, a sunshine letter, some help in action, a gift etc.

The daily prayer in set times is one of the best ways to give in thanks to God. Daily bible readings, attending the church, visiting the holy places etc. are also ways to express our thanks to God. The world should be filled with the fragrance of thankfulness.

People are tired of the thankless behavior of the beneficiaries. As long as we cross the bridge, our lips are full of warmness of praise; unfortunately, after crossing it becomes ice cold. What a thankless generation! If we are not taught and practiced the way of thankfulness then we are not deserving to call as Homosapiens - (meaning - knowing man or better man.)

23 Chileans miners, along with their families are on their way of pilgrimage in the path of Jesus in Israel for expressing their thanks for the miraculous escape after 68 days under the earth. They organized daily prayer sessions during their 68 day ordeal underground last year. Now they visit the holiest Christian sites in an ecstatic celebration of faith and gratitude. "Itís a great honor for us to be here, because God rescued us from the bowels of the earth and we are so grateful." Said miner Jose Enriques. "Itís amazing to be here, in this place, to be able to thank God for what he did for us." It was a terrible accident, but I think God wants us to be able to unite the world in prayer." He overcame this terrible accident and he is now using it for something good - to unite the entire world."

"Give thanks to the lord for he is good! His faithful love endures forever." (Psalm 136:1) "I can no other answer make, but thanks, and thanks." - William Shakespeare

Prayer

Jesus, Thanks for all your grace and blessings. Let all of us be the children of thanks. If we had forgotten thanks to anybody please forgive and forget our wrongs of thanklessness. Let a generation arise with thankfulness for all your blessings. Let our lips, hearts, minds, homes, and churches echoed with the voices of thanks. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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