Thank You Day

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. -Psalm 9:1

We used to watch a lot of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood in my house, though my kids are starting to outgrow it. (For the uninitiated, Daniel Tiger is the cartoon successor to Mr. Rogers.) Every episode of Daniel Tiger features Daniel facing some kind of problem and resolving it within twelve minutes, accompanied by a catchy song. One of my favorite episodes is called “Thank You Day.” Daniel and his friends learn from the adult characters that the community will soon be celebrating “Thank You Day” by writing notes of appreciation for their neighbors. Daniel begins to worry: how will he decide which one person to thank? There are so many people who do so much to make a difference in their community!

It’s sort of the wrong question, though. Gratitude is not a limited resource. We don’t have to carefully allocate our thank yous. We can’t run out. It’s not like toilet paper or car parts. There’s no shortage of thankfulness. At least, there doesn’t need to be any shortage. When you notice that there’s not enough gratitude in your life, you can add some more.

The more gratitude we share, the more we have to give. The psalmist praised God, saying “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart.” Thankfulness is a whole-hearted attitude. Half-heartedness simply won’t do in giving thanks to one another, and certainly not in giving thanks to God.

This season reminds us to be grateful and say thank you. For church family, for a roof over your head, for gas in your car, for hot coffee, for raspberries at breakfast, for the gift of new life through Jesus Christ. Thanks be to God for those blessings and so many others. With all our hearts, we thank God. 

Let every day be a “Thank You Day” in your life. With all your heart, say thanks to the people who make a difference in your life. With all your heart, give thanks to God.

God, you do such wonderful deeds for me. Give me whole-hearted gratitude for you and the people you have made in your image. Amen.