Religion

CULTIVATING AND MAINTAINING THE HABIT OF THANKFULNESS (GRATITUDE) (PART SIX): CHRISTMAS AND THANKSGIVING

The focus of this sixth article of the series centered on the mechanics and necessity of thanksgiving is on the significant question, “To whom should all thanks be given?” In previous article we have already considered why should we give thanks (purpose/reason), how to give thanks (mechanics), what to give thanks to God for (substance), when to give thanks (timing), and now our attention is on the Object of all of our thanksgivings. The point has been made again and again God that the Almighty is the Object or better still the ultimate Purpose, Reason and Ground of all thanksgivings.

CULTIVATING AND MAINTAINING THE HABIT OF THANKFULNESS (GRATITUDE) (PART FIVE): WHEN TO GIVE THANKS

In this fifth article of the series centered on the mechanics and necessity of thanksgiving particular attention will be paid to the question of when are we to give thanks to God? We have already considered why should we give thanks (purpose/reason), how to give thanks (mechanics), what to give thanks to God for (substance), and now our attention is on when are we to show gratitude to God and one another? Should thanksgiving be made always? Or are there times when it is inappropriate to be thankful? Should we be thankful to someone who is mean and nasty to us? Let us examine below.

CULTIVATING AND MAINTAINING THE HABIT OF THANKFULNESS (GRATITUDE (PART ONE): DEFINITIONS AND BACKGROUND

The thrust this fourth article of the series centered on the mechanics and necessity of thanksgiving is on what are we give thanks to God for? We have already considered why should we give thanks (purpose/reason), then how to give thanks (mechanics) and now our attention is on what are we to be grateful for? Should we thank God when bad things happen to us? Should we thank God when we lose a child or a beloved is abused? Is it befitting to thank God when we get news of bad health or of a threat on our lives?

CULTIVATING AND MAINTAINING THE HABIT OF THANKFULNESS (GRATITUDE (PART TWO): WHY GIVE THANKS?

This second article of the series centered on the mechanic and necessity of thanksgiving considers the question, “Why should we give thanks to God and one another? What is the purpose and value of thanksgiving? What is the basis of giving thanks to God? This article will seek to explore a bit below. The introductory article on the definitions of key terms and background of the series made the following observations:

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