In Everything Give Thanks

St Peter of Damaskos (12th Century) writes about the importance of being grateful to God for every blessing we receive.  His words are most appropriate for us to consider during our Thanksgiving Holiday.

“Thus we should all give thanks to God, as it is said: ‘In everything give thanks’ (1 Thess. 5:18). Closely linked to this phrase is another of St Paul’s injunctions: ‘Pray without ceasing’ (1 Thess. 5:17), that is, be mindful of God at all times, in all places, and in every circumstance. For no matter what you do, you should keep in mind the Creator of all things.

When you see the light, do not forget Him who gave it to you;

when you see the sky,

the earth,

the sea and all that is in them, marvel at these things and glorify their Creator;

 

when you put on clothing,

acknowledge whose gift it is and praise Him who in His providence has given you life.

In short, if everything you do becomes for you an occasion for glorifying God, you will be praying unceasingly. And in this way your soul will always rejoice, as St Paul commends (cf. 1 Thess. 5:15). For as St Dorotheos explains, remembrance of God rejoices the soul; and he adduces David as witness: ‘I remembered God, and rejoiced’ (cf. Ps. 77:3. LXX). (THE PHILOKALIA,  Kindle Loc. 28921-41)

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