commentary: Thankful in 2020?
Being Thankful and Grateful
Given 21-Nov-20; 8 minutes
Ryan McClure asks, "What do Americans have to be thankful for in 2020?" Few families reminisce about the Pilgrims and the Native Americans sharing a meal; some pundits (terrified of the effects of COVID) are asking, "Should Americans rethink Thanksgiving?"—with CNN suggesting that this is a time to keep the holiday in isolation or through Zoom conferences. Several studies suggest that Americans are still thankful for family, health, and friends, with one reporting that thankfulness extends about equally to family, God, and friends. Another study reveals that people can augment gratitude (properly defined as an active response to the feeling of thankfulness) by keeping a gratitude journal, listing in it things for which one is grateful. Gratitude improves relationships in general. God's people have a special advantage when they consider the restorative value of God's Spirit. When God's people, through the reading of Psalms about the faithfulness of God, continue to rehearse these promises, their feelings of thankfulness will morph into active behaviors of gratitude.
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