Pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18)I was reading the RevGalBlogPal blog the other day and ran across the two works "thanksgiving" vs "thanksliving." I can't find the post now to link for you, but I wrote down the phrase, because it stopped me.
We have a day set aside to be thankful - to count our blessings. We say prayers of thanksgiving, we tell our family members how thankful we are for them, we share large meals. We spend a day in thanksgiving.
But how is that different from Thanksliving?
I think thanksliving is living a life in response to our feelings of thanksgiving. It means being generous, sharing God's gifts and grace with those around us. To be truly thankful means that we will be motivated to respond to God's action in our lives. To live a life in gratitude...a life of thanksliving.
May our hearts fill with thanksgiving and may our hands and feet move in thanksliving.