This Christmas, my favorite word is Thanks. Just the word lifts the spirit. To say “thanks” is to celebrate a gift. Something. Anything. Animals. Bald spots. Chocolate. Dictionaries and Denalyn. To say “thanks” is to cross the line from have-not to have-much, from the excluded to the recruited. “Thanks” proclaims, “I’m not disadvantaged, disabled, victimized, scandalized, forgotten, or ignored. I am blessed.”
Gratitude is a dialysis of sorts. It flushes the self-pity out of our systems. Jesus was robustly thankful. He was thankful when Mary interrupted the party with perfume. When he hugged children and blessed babies and watched blind people look at their first sunsets, Jesus was thankful. When the disciples returned from their first mission trip, he rejoiced: “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth” (Luke 10:21).
So, thank you, Jesus, for modeling gratitude.
May God’s peace and joy fill your hearts this Christmas!