With them were Heman and Jeduthun, and the rest of those chosen and expressly named to render thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures forever. (1 Chronicles 16:41)
How wonderful! King David considered thanking God so important that he appointed full time staff to do it. They were appointed to ‘render thanks to the Lord,’ to be thankful to God for the many blessings received.
It wasn’t that these chosen people were to count their own blessings, as worthy an activity that can be, rather, they were chosen to praise and thank God, whose love endures for ever.
Well our resources at St Chrysostom’s are not as extensive as King David’s, nevertheless it is good if we can to have a focus and priority on thankfulness, saying thank you to God. We often say, at St C’s, we encourage a positive attitude, like Our Lady we like to say ‘Yes’ to God. Like her too let’s find time in our lives to ‘magnify’ God, to give thanks, and praise to God.
Of course every time we celebrate Mass we remind our selves that it is good to give thanks and praise. When I was being prepared for Confirmation the priest preparing us encouraged us to bring to every Mass one thing we especially wished to be thankful for, and try to make it something different each time. It is something I still try to do.
We’ve just recently enjoyed Harvest Thanksgiving at church and surely at the heart of that celebration, at the heart of Creationtide, is simply saying ‘Thank You’ to God for ‘all good things around us.’
Praising God, saying ‘Thank You’ to God is enriching, reminding us of God’s love and generosity, and reminding us of how dependent we are on God, it is an encouragement to us to be generous. So here’s a simple suggestion to enrich our own spiritual lives, and our christian community. When we come as individuals to Mass say a simple ‘Thank You‘ to God for something or someone in your life, and be encouraged by the thought that those in church with you may well be doing the same.