I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.
A friend once told me that they had trouble falling asleep, but that they would try to recall every blessing in their life for which they were thankful. This friend told me they never ran out of things to thank God for before drifting off to sleep. It's a wonderful way to end your day.
One of the ways we can honor God and his created ones is to show radical hospitality. Another is to be grateful for the hospitality shown to us. I love to study other languages. They give me the ability to show welcome to those who most need to feel welcomed and at home, and they help me to show gratitude to the people who show me hospitality. I've learned to say "thank you," in 13 languages because of my experiences with people different than myself, and this week, Pastor Young Jeon taught me a 14th, Korean... Gamsa-Hamida. It allowed me to show appreciation to New Vision Korean Church as they brought music, leadership, and food to our gatherings this week.
I consider being able to say "thank you," in meaningful ways to be a spiritual practice, one that is good for our whole community. Sometimes, this means learning a phrase in a new language, and sometimes it's as simple as a thank you note in the mail or on the fridge to a family member or a gesture or small gift or thoughtful act of service. Even the Apostle Paul thanked the Philippians in his letter to them for working hard alongside him. It is an ancient practice of our people and a vital one.
This week, think about the people in your life who have helped you or worked hard at something for which you are grateful. Find a way to express thanks in a way that speaks to them in their language, a way that touches them and makes them feel special.
Prayer for Today
Thank you, Lord, for the people and blessings you have put in my life. Help me to notice them, and to thank the people who help me to grow and make me feel your love. Amen.