“Thanks be to God!” Those words are more than a line in a responsive reading or part of the chorus to a familiar hymn. “Thanks be to God” is a powerful preface to this Advent season. The journey we share that will eventually lead us to kneel at the manger in Bethlehem is launched when we say from a deep place in our hearts “Thanks be to God”.
A thankful heart and a grateful spirit compel us toward a deeper relationship with the God of all creation. It is truly humbling to acknowledge how blessed and fortunate we are. Recognizing the goodness of God is often a simple and beautiful act. It is often accomplished in moments of solitude or a time of centering prayer. In a way we are purging ourselves of the things that prevent us from being open to God and fully present with the gift of these particular moments of life.
It occurs to me that so many good things spring from a grateful heart. Things like creative ideas, positive thoughts, direction for important decisions and the wonderful gift of joy. The people I know who live a “thanks be to God” life are happy, their faith is evident, even when they don’t say a word. As we begin this beautiful Advent season let us say in many, many ways “thanks be to God!”
Grace and peace,