Since it is Thanksgiving weekend, the church would like to share with the you “The Life of Thanksgiving” ebook by H.H. Pope Shenouda III, 117th Pope of Alexandria and the See of St. Mark.
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He who lives the life of thanksgiving is a noble person, acknowledges and does not forget a favour NEVER forgets any good offered to him, and expresses his thanks.
Thanksgiving is in his heart on the tip of his tongue, for God and men.
The Lord Jesus blessed the Samaritan – one of the ten lepers who were cleansed. When the only one returned to Jesus. “and fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks”. So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?” “Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” (Luke 17:15-18) Therefore, when you give thanks, you are glorifying God, acknowledging his loving, kindness to you.
If God has done something good to you through anyone, you give thanks to God and also to this person, who was the means in receiving such goodness.
Most people give thanks to God at the beginning and end of the each day, and on occasions like new year, feasts and certain important events in their lives, but the life of thanksgiving has its characteristics, perhaps in the first place is the saying of the apostle: “Giving thanks always for al things”(Eph. 5:20).[/quote]