For many people, reading about the sacrifices of ancient Israel is a real yawner. But as we approach Thanksgiving, one sacrifice rises from the ashes of antiquity to offer encouragement.
In the days of ancient Israel, a special offering, different from the ones required for sin, allowed a person to give God thanks for something the Lord had done.
Rituals are apparently irrational acts which become rational when their significance is explained. —Northrop Frye
Hidden behind the veil of ritual and strangeness are principles of timeless value for your life.
Thanksgiving always brings bittersweet flavors. My mother died ten years ago Thanksgiving week. In fact, we got the phone call on Thanksgiving morning.
Mom’s untimely death was tough enough, but having the memory perpetually linked with Thanksgiving has forced some reflection I never would have considered otherwise.
I’ve come to understand how loss in life is one of God’s greatest ways to cultivate a grateful heart.
Thankfulness comes from one simple word.
Think about one person who has inspired you, encouraged you, or helped you. Got that person in your mind? Now, let me ask you a question: Have you ever sent a thank-you note to that person?
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Not long ago a client sent a thank-you note to the editors in our department, expressing appreciation for their excellent work. The client told me of the editors’ surprising reply: “No one has ever thanked us before.”
That tragic statement got me thinking.