Asanti Sana, Gracias, Merci, Danke, Thank You

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Simone Lake

As a young girl growing up, my precious sweet mother, a former English teacher, taught her daughters, the importance of writing thank you notes. When given a gift, it was our duty and obligation to respond to each person by writing them a note, expressing our appreciation of their thoughtfulness and kindness.

The fun part came when I could pick out my very own stationery and cards for this new responsibility when accompanying my mother to the store. The challenging part was the actually writing. This was quite the task for a young girl just learning the alphabet, cursive letters and overall growing in the art form of penmanship.

Even though my immediate family was small, I was blessed with a large extended family. The grandmothers, aunties, great aunties, uncles, great uncles, cousins, second, third, fourth … were endless. This at times, brought a tad bit of a struggle to a little girl’s small fingers. Not to mention the countless times of practice expressing my gratitude for all the birthday gifts, graduations gifts, get well wishes and more.

Today in our world of technology, handwritten notes of thanks have almost become a lost art.  Other forms of expressing thanks have been replaced by simple verbal expressions and warm displays of affectionate hugs.

Some of the most popular forms we see today are expressed on the computer via World Wide Web. Options such as e-mail cards, Facebook pokes and gifts, Twitter phrases and multiple mass appreciations to groups, have taken precedence.

Whatever form of appreciation that we do end up selecting, the overall goal is to make sure that we express it to the person responsible for displaying kindness toward us. And to do that by sharing our most sincere gratefulness, thankfulness and appreciation.

In one of the poetry books of the Bible, Psalm 26:7 states, “That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all Your wondrous works.”

Psalm 50:14 shares, “Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay your vows unto the most High.”

Psalm 95:2 announces, “Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms.”

Throughout the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, we see a continual memorial and commemorative events of thanksgiving to God Almighty.

What is the Gift in which we give thanks? It is for redeeming His creation by sending His Son as Savior of the world.

No matter if you read the Old Testament books or the New Testament books of the Bible; from agriculturist to prophets, prostitutes to judges, shepherd boys to angels, gentiles to demon possessed, sinners to saints ... The blind, lame, maimed, deaf, female, male, Jewish descent, non Jewish descent, young, old, fisherman, those named and those who remain nameless, to women in charge of adorning dead bodies for burial … ALL of these and so many more came to the same conclusion, a heartfelt sincere desire to thank God!

Aren’t you SO glad for our Bibles that are available to us to take a peek at the multiple of “thank you notes” written in appreciate of praise to Him!?!

Thanksgiving Day

Likewise, in the United States, our forefathers did just that.

In the year 1795 a day of thanks was declared. This annual proclamation was appointed for the 26th day of November and celebrated yearly as what we all know today as Thanksgiving Day.

When Thanksgiving Day comes to mind, many of us may begin to salivate at the many delicious dishes and recipes of food. Things such as turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, salads, cranberry sauce and dessert, not to mention all the trimmings are fixed visions in our brains.

In addition, family traditions of getting together, football games and great memories also remind us of Thanksgiving.

However, when the one in authority declared November 26th as Thanksgiving Day, the thoughts of delicious meals was the furthest thing from his mind. Instead, perhaps one of the greatest thank you notes in our history was formed to thank a holy and just God.

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