Thanksgiving for All Things:


      The church begins with the prayer of thanksgiving even at funerals. The apostle says "And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God" (Col 3:17). We pray in the Thanksgiving prayer, “We thank You on every occasion, in every condition and for all things”.

So, it is not only giving thanks always but also for all things, because God continually makes good to us. The Apostle said: "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God" (Rom 8:28) , either in the apparent good or in matters that seem not for good, but in fact it is good and we do not know!

For this we call God the "Beneficent". He does not do, except good, and the person who believes in this, gladly accepts everything which comes from Him and says in faith "...All things work together for good", and gives thanks to God.

 

But, some might ask and say: “we believe - without doubt – that whatever comes from God is good, but what about that which comes from people and might not all be good?!” We say to them: “if the attitudes of people towards us were good, it will reach us good, but if it were not, God will change it, and it will reach us good at the end”. The brothers of the righteous Joseph sold him as a slave; their action was in itself evil, treacherous, lacking love, cruel and envious. But God changed that evil into good and Joseph "was made a father to Pharaoh, and lord of his people". He was the second in the Kingdom and his stay in Egypt was to preserve lives. He told his brothers, "you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good... to save many people alive". (Gens.50:20)

The children of God are always joyful. They thank Him for all things. And when they thank Him, not merely in compliance to the commandment "Give thanks" as an imposed order!! No because this is not the true thanksgiving. To give thanks is not just words to be said without conviction, as if performing a duty. But they thank God from all the heart and with all confidence. They are completely confident that God will not allow anything bad to happen to them, and being Almighty, He watches all matters occurring to them, and takes a stand in their favor.

For this reason, the life of thanksgiving is bound up in the life of faith. Man could thank God by words, and could offer a sacrifice of praise, peace offerings or vows and as the Prophet David said, "I will take up the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows to the Lord now in the presence of all people" (Psalm 116:13-14).

 

Levels of Thanksgiving:


       Thanksgiving in the life of the children of God has levels. The least is giving thanks for the miracles, gifts, great pleasures, and the plentiful good things that no one doubts their goodness and benefit. Perhaps, other than this, some do not give thanks! Simple gifts might pass over them and other good things they might see as natural and normal and need no thanks!

There is a higher level of thanksgiving; to give thanks over little things:

It might be a normal level in the life of thanksgiving to give thanks over the recovery from a serious illness like cancer. But if a person gave thanks for the recovery from a flu or cold, it indicates that in his life he is used to give thanks over many or little things. If we gave thanks over a few things, God will make us rulers over many things. Perhaps, among the advantages of thanksgiving are the continuity of the blessings and its increase, as one of the Fathers said, "Not a gift without increase, except that without thanksgiving".