The Holiday Seasons

The holiday seasons are times of loving, caring, and especially, giving. We give our time to serve others. We give our talents to encourage others. And we give our treasure/money to help others. Many of us believe that we are blessed for ourselves, but there is a verse in the bible that says, “to much is given much is required.” The more we get, the more we should give.

Moreover, as we go through this holiday season we should not only be thankful, but more grateful. There is a article by Jodi Schultz at Michigan State University, May 16, 2018 online that suggests that there is a difference between being thankful and being grateful. It maintains that being thankful is a “momentary response and reaction to something given to you both, tangible and intangible.” During my early childhood, my mother taught us to say thank you- whenever someone gave my sister and I “anything” or said “something” nice to us or about us.

The article purports that being grateful is a deeper level of gratitude. It is an emotional experience that requires reflection of more than just one moment, but for periods of time over your life. An adage of my ancestors says “when I look back over my life and think about what the Lord has done for me, my soul cries out hallelujah, I thank the Lord for saving me.”

For this holiday seasons and beyond, I encourage you to be grateful. I am thankful for all that God has done for me, doing through me, and will do with me. But I am grateful for my relationships with God, my family and friends. And as I reflect on these relationships and their impact on my life, I am grateful.

This is Dathon D. Brown in closing, yes be thankful, which is good, but what is best is being grateful.

Happy Holidays!!! Seasons Greeting!!! Joyous Hanukkah!!! Happy New Year!!!

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