One of the first lessons a parent will teach their child is to say “Please” and “Thank you.” It’s a core cultural norm and good etiquette. “Thank you” acknowledges the action, thought, or gift. It also shows appreciation for the gift and the giver. Scripture speaks of saying “Thank you” in several verses:
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“I thank my God every time I remember you.” Philippians 1:3
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good his love endures forever. Psalm 118:1
In Luke 17:11-19, Jesus told a parable about 10 lepers that were healed. He asked them to go to the priest to allow him to declare them clean. He was surprised when only one of the men returned to him saying “Thank you.” And on top of it all, the man who returned gratefully was a Samaritan, an enemy of the Jews.
See the contrast Jesus highlights in this story? Not only did those we expected to be thankful not return, but the one we did NOT expect to return did come back,” praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him-and he was a Samaritan.” This past year of 2020 gave us little to be thankful for, yet as Christians, we can still find reasons to be grateful. As you approach the Thanksgiving holiday, keep in mind all the blessings you have from salvation in Jesus Christ to the promise of eternal life with the Father.