It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness by night, (Psalm 92:1, 2 ESV)
In the winter of 1969, I moved from the Midwest to Southern California. Being a quick-study second grader, I learned a few things quickly. First, the warmer climate freed me from having to wear pants under my dresses. Second, living in a small town with a large Hispanic population, it was more appropriate to say “gracias” instead of thank you after eating freshly made tortillas spread with butter and sprinkled with salt. These after school snacks were a simple pleasure that filled me with much thanks so I learned to say “muchas gracias”!
You probably know “gracias” is the Spanish word for thank you. But did you know it shares roots with the English word “grace” because it comes from the form of the Latin ” gratus,” which means “pleasing.” Indeed it is good or “pleasing” for us to give thanks to God all the time, but how much more appropriate on a day set aside for thanksgiving.
As you and I sit down to enjoy the simple pleasures of food and fellowship, may we share with others how the steadfast love and faithfulness of the Lord has filled our hearts with much thanks.