From the desk of Pastor Jan ….. Think-You

The English term Thank You is derived from “think”, which originally meant “I think of you, I will remember what you did to me.” (Marginalian.com, 2013) Saying thank you then is an act of remembrance, in remembrance of the goodness or goodwill that we received.

In the Gospel of Luke Chapter 17, there was a story of 10 leprous men asking Jesus for healing. Jesus healed all of them, but only one came back to came to say thank you to him. “One of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God. He kneeled at Jesus’ feet, so grateful. He couldn’t thank him enough – and he was a Samaritan.” <!–split–>

Jesus commended the Samaritan’s faith and gratitude. Jesus said, “Get up. On your way. Your faith has healed you and saved you.” Gratitude brought something more than physical cure for the leper: gratitude led him back to wholeness and salvation.

There is an article by Amy Morin (2014), 7 Scientifically Proven benefits of Gratitude …

  1. Gratitude opens the door to more relationships. When we say thank you or express appreciation to someone we’ve met, that person we thank is more likely to seek an ongoing relationship.
  2. People who express gratitude experience fewer aches and pains and report feeling healthier than people who do not express gratitude.
  3. Gratitude improves psychological health. Research confirms that gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression.
  4. Gratitude reduces aggression and increases both sensitivity and empathy.
  5. Grateful people sleep better.
  6. Gratitude increases a person’s self-esteem and reduces resentment toward people who are perceived as having more.
  7. Gratitude increases mental strength. Studies show that people who are grateful respond to trauma and tragedy with greater resilience. Recognizing “all you have to be thankful for – even during the worst times of your life – fosters resilience.”

Robert Emmons (2016), author of The Little Book of Gratitude said, “…Gratitude has fittingly been referred to as quintessential positive trait, the amplifier of goodness in oneself, the world, and others, and as having unique ability to heal, energize and change life. Living gratefully begins with affirming the good and recognizing its sources. It is the understanding that life owes me nothing and all the good I have is a gift, accompanied by an awareness that nothing can be for granted.”

In this season of Thanksgiving and All Saints’ Day, may we remember God’s faithfulness in our lives. And as we say Thank you to each other, may this mean “Think you” (I remember your goodness and I am grateful.)

-Pastor Jan