Carrying out this social relief work involves far more than helping meet the bare needs of poor Christians. It also produces abundant and bountiful thanksgivings to God. This relief offering is a prod to live at your very best, showing your gratitude to God by being openly obedient to the plain meaning of the Message of Christ. You show your gratitude through your generous offerings to your needy brothers and sisters, and really toward everyone. Meanwhile, moved by the extravagance of God in your lives, they’ll respond by praying for you in passionate intercession for whatever you need. Thank God for this gift, his gift. No language can praise it enough! II Corinthians 9:12-15 (The Message)
I like this translation of Paul’s message to the church at Corinth. He is commending that group of believers for showing their thanks to God by living it out in charity toward other, poorer believers. He says that the best way to say thanks to God for his blessings is to share those blessings with those around us.
The same is true today. We can love and thank God by loving and thanking other people. Simple message. So, I say to my readers, Happy Thanksgiving, and make sure to share the joy and thankfulness with others.
Prayer: We thank you Lord for the blessings you give us in all things, Amen