When you pause and take a few conscious moments to reflect, there are many, many things for which to be thankful. Thanksgiving is about taking time to count blessings.
And the Christian journey of faith is about thanksgiving. It is entirely about giving thanks.
The principal part of the Eucharist that we celebrate is called the Great Thanksgiving. It begins with the words of an ancient prayer that the Jewish father said at table with his family back in Jesus’ day. The meaning of the word itself, “Eucharist”, is “giving thanks”. You and I are called to give thanks not just at Thanksgiving but throughout the year. And we do that each time we celebrate the Eucharist. We give thanks.
It has to do with a certain kind of perspective. I think when we’re consciously thankful about things, we do have a different kind of outlook on life and the world. The Christian life is about being thankful, consciously thankful. It is having a different kind of attitude. An attitude of gratitude.
Having an attitude of gratitude is seeing the big picture. It’s living the big picture.
In the scheme of things you and are but specks across the aeons of time. We’re finite as bits of dust. But we do fit into the big picture. We do have a place in God’s ever-evolving creation. We contribute to his creation. That may be small but we do make a difference. We make a difference through sharing love, compassion and forgiveness. We do make a difference in modelling acceptance and compassion. We do make a difference in caring for the poor and those in need.
All of that is empowered by having an attitude of gratitude in being part of God’s creation, in being known and called by name, being valued in God’s sight. Realizing that is recognizing blessing number one … and being thankful.
It’s a framework for life. It’s an attitude and a perspective that offers a way of re-focusing.
So being thankful is not just something for one day a year or one special long weekend. It’s for the whole year and we can use the holiday as a reminder that highlights the importance of always being thankful.
Being thankful is an attitude toward life. It is an attitude of gratitude. It’s an attitude that re-frames how we see the world, how we see others. Actually, I think it’s an attitude that changes us.