Kids Corner: The Gift of Saying Thank You

It’s a simple phrase saying “thank you.” A phrase learned early in life from parents teaching manners and appreciation to a child, and the phrase is reinforced in school interactions. Saying thank you is thoughtful and it can have great effect on the recipient because saying thank you can be a gift. In Luke 17, Jesus sees and responds to ten people who have the severe skin disease, leprosy. The Lord heals them by sending them to the priests to “show themselves” (v. 14). One of the ten lepers returns to Jesus in deep praise and appreciation for being healed. This healed person thanked the Lord for what he had done. Gratitude and awe propel the leper to return and say “thank you” to Jesus, and


Last night my son and I were reading Psalm 8 as part of his Confirmation journal work. I was struck by how explicit the psalmist is in expressing thanks, gratitude, and awe of God. I suppose the book of Psalms would have been much shorter without it since there are dozens of expansive Psalms of thanksgiving and praise. Psalm 8 begins and ends with this great Doxology, “Oh Lord, oh Lord how majestic is your name in all the earth!” Then David goes on to express all the earthly, created wonders that show God’s majesty. In Psalm 9 he writes, “I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” I found myself pondering how well do I express my thanks to G

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