Being Thankful

December 27, 2015
by Joel Jongkind

Acts 20:35b – It is more blessed to give than to receive. (NKJV)

This past Christmas, I became more and more aware of the commercialism of the season. We were talking to one family in which everybody buys a present for everybody in the family. Certainly, there are financial constraints arising from buying for a great number of people. In some cases, we just don't know what to get anymore. Yet, it is through habit, expectation, or pressure, perhaps, that many people rush around trying to find something for those they want to or feel obligated to buy something for. That made me wonder: Are all these presents really appreciated?

A young man whom we know well is the manager of a small company which repairs and coats the inside of industrial water tanks. There are four employees who do this work. They have to travel long distances; the work is hard and demanding; they work under difficult conditions much of the time; and their efforts are appreciated by management. At Christmastime, they received a Christmas bonus, and he put a $50 gift card paid for out of his own money in with the card and the company gift. He told us that only one of the employees came back to thank him, and he was rather sad about it.

Luke 17:11-19 – Now it happened as [Jesus] went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off. And they lifted up their voices and said, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" So when He saw them, He said to them, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. So Jesus answered and said, "Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?" And He said to him, "Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well." (NKJV)

It seems so hard for some people to say "thank you" for gifts that they receive or for things which may be done for them.

From the ten people that Jesus healed, only one came back to thank Him. I think that Jesus must have been sad. Let us not fail to express our thanks to those around us and to the Lord for the good things that we have in our lives here and now.

Prayer: Our Father in heaven, we are so thankful that Jesus came to live among us, that He taught and preached and healed, and that He died on the cross for our sins and rose to prepare a place for us in His kingdom. We thank You in His name. Amen.

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Joel Jongkind <austria67@bmts.com>
Meaford, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    A good word Joel.


    Thanks is such a little thing and so few give it.


    Thank you for sharing this devotional with us. May we all have an attitude of gratitude. Blessings.


    This is a lovely devotional Joel. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on thankfulness, especially for favours received, and unfortunately seems to be neglected in some circles today.


    Oh Joel. What a timely message. Thank you so very much. How can it be that we find it difficult to express the gratitude we feel? I just don’t know, but after reading your reflection, I know that it is more important than I have imagined. It’s easy to imagine that the ‘giver’ knows we are saying thank you in our heads and hearts, but I know how much a word of thanks means to me, so it may be that others feel the same way. So thank you again for making the effort to write these wonderful reflections – for strangers no less! Your efforts are appreciated and may the Lord be pleased with the glory you shower on His name. God bless.


    Dear Joel,
    Wishing you and your family a very special Christmas and a healthy and a blessed New Year. I would like to thank you so much for your amazing inspiring devotional messages, always reaching out to especially me in the times when I am uncertain. Today’s was just the question I was contemplating – in my mind as I gave out just a very few gifts, no one has taken the time to say thank you!! It’s incredible how we take things for granted? But I must admit that, it is so sad. Amazing grace?? We give thanks in Jesus name!! Be blessed my friend in Christ, may the dear Lord continue to grant you wisdom as you reach out to all us who reads and look forward to your devotions.


    Dear Joel,
    Thanks for your devotional.
    Sometimes I forget to thank the Lord daily for what He has done for me.
    Thank you for this important reminder!

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