The next thank you

Maybe you weren’t planning a next thank you. Maybe you aren’t sure who to thank. Maybe you aren’t sure whether you are feeling particularly thankful.

That makes this week pretty challenging, particularly in the United States.

This Thursday is Thanksgiving. The plan is to sit around a table with people you love and thank God for a blessed year and a bountiful meal.

But people will look around tables this year and wonder whether there was enough money for this meal They will talk after dinner about how much they lost in their 401(k) plans. They will talk as they are preparing the meal about the people who actually have 401(k) plans. They will look around the empty apartment or the restaurant and wonder what is wrong with them that there isn’t anyone to eat with, isn’t any reason to gather.

Whew. That was a pretty dark paragraph, wasn’t it? But it’s true. We have this cultural myth of what Thanksgiving looks like (thank you, Norman Rockwell) and we have this cultural tradition of undermining that myth.

So forget the turkey and linen. Radically redefine thanksgiving day. Make it be today.

Who is the next person you are going to say “thank you” to? Who is the next person that will do something that you will benefit from? Who will take minimum wage and still be competent? Who will hear your story of woe and still come back for more? Who will come around when it is still dark and carry away your trash?

I could make a very long list of people who we could thank. I could make an equally long list of things that we could do to be thank-able.

I won’t.

You do it.


And, by the way, thank you for taking the time on a regular basis to read at least part of what I say. I am grateful more than you know.


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8 responses to “The next thank you

  1. Everyday is thanksgiving.
    I like it.
    One of the points of Sunday’s sermon was to stop complaining about it and thank God for it, because you don’t know what He is doing, but He does.
    An excellent thought for thanksgiving.

  2. I liked the story I heard yesterday attributed to Charles Dickens: we should have one day of complaining each year and 364 days of thanksgiving. Instead of the other way around.

    Thanks, Jon!

  3. well said, Jim. Thank you!

  4. thank you Anna. Very nice to see you across the water.

  5. Jon, Wonderful sentiments that can’t be expressed too often. I am taking your message to heart.

  6. I’m thankful for you, Jon!

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