Thanksgiving for Everything

Forward Day by Day, Gratitude, Thanksgiving, Meister Eckhart, Psalm 92:1

Psalm 92:1. “It is a good thing to give thanks to the LORD,
and to sing praises to your Name, O Most High.”

When I was a child, I always received a box of blank thank you notes as a Christmas gift. I didn’t have to finish writing all my notes on Christmas Day, but I did have to begin. It was a good thing to do—to acknowledge what I had seen and received.

What if we went through our days giving thanks? People, relationships, opportunities, failures, successes, sins, challenges, joys, losses, nature, cooking, doing laundry, running errands, paying bills, illnesses, the car pools, work, and a thousand other ordinary things—each pointing to a reason for thanksgiving.

If we saw everything as the basis for offering thanks, we might learn to see with new eyes. We might recognize that we live only by the merciful sufficiency of God. We might remember or discover all that we have and all that we are. We might awaken to the ever-presence and the ever-goodness of God.

“If the only prayer you say in your whole life is, ‘Thank you,’ it would suffice.”
—Meister Eckhart, 13th-century German monk

*Originally written for and published by Forward Day by Day.

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