With Thanksgiving

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6).
The word “Dhonobhad” appears in a number of related South Asian languages, such as Nepali and Bengali. It is used to say “thank you” and “you are welcome.” Interestingly, it is not an old term, but was invented in recent times, after exposure of Eastern societies to Western influence. Previously there was no word for “thank you” in these languages. Gratitude was perhaps felt, but it was not customarily expressed, at least not in terms familiar to Western cultures.
It is significant that the Bible frequently commands and encourages us to express thanks in objective and positive ways. It rarely teaches us to merely feel grateful -? rather we are to “give thanks.” Since there is so much Biblical emphasis upon the inner man, it is interesting that it is the outward expression of thankfulness that is stressed. It is not enough to be thankful in our hearts -? we are to tell of our gratitude.
Thanksgiving in the United States is a special holiday because it represents the voluntary expression of thanks to God who has blessed our nation beyond all human experience. Nowhere on earth has a society been so prospered for so long. We are a blessed people in a land truly “flowing with milk and honey.” If you are a citizen or resident of the United States, did you pause long enough this past Thursday to tell God “Thank You” and perhaps to remember those who have sacrificed to provide these blessings to our generation? Of course, this is not something that we can or should do only once per year or on special occasions. Rather we should be “giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20).
Americans are by no means the only people whom God has blessed. Where ever you live, all good things you have are given to you by God. Tell him “Thank You.” Recognize his generous grace. Especially the spiritual blessings he has reserved for you in Heavenly places through his son, Jesus (Ephesians 1:3).

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Michael Brooks

Since 1988 Mike and his wife Brenda have been involved in foreign missions in South America, Africa, and South Asia. Beginning in 1999 they devoted full time to missions, primarily in Bangladesh and Nepal.

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