Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving

Hi Reader,

Welcome to Living Contentment – your weekly nudge towards a life of Biblical contentment.

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Today is Thanksgiving in the US – and while only about half of you in the LIving Contentmeht community are in the US – I still think it’s a good opportunity for all of us to pause and reflect on the things we have to be thankful for.

Thankfulness is one of the great disciplines that helps bring about a life of contentment.

1 Chronicles 16:34
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

We have been given so much – it only makes sense for us to appreciate what we have. And we can only show appreciation TO someone (or something) so we thank God.

1 Thes 5:18
give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

And a contented person cannot only be thankful when things are going well -but in all situations.

Phil 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

It’s something we have to work on – to keep on focusing on – not letting ourselves fall back into a life of thanklessness.

Col 4:2
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.


Grab a piece of paper – or open a new document on your phone, etc – and just start numbering things you are thankful for.

Start with the big – include the small. Physical, emotional, visible, and intangible. People, experiences, whatever.

Just keep going….. write them all down.

keep the document – and the next time you feel like things aren’t going so well–grab it and remind yourself of what you have to be thankful for.


Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God.
Loving Creator,
We asked for strength, and you gave us difficulties to make us strong.
We asked for wisdom, and you gave us problems to solve.
We asked for prosperity, and you gave us purpose and brains to use.
We asked for courage, and you gave us fears to overcome.
We asked for patience, and you gave us situations where we were forced to wait.
We asked for love, and you gave us troubled people to help.
We asked for justice, and you called us to be just and to lead with integrity.
Lord, we have received nothing that we asked for or wanted.
And yet, we received everything that we needed.
For this, we give thanks.

– Dr. Colleen Hanycz upon her selection as President of Xavier University

Talk to you next Thursday!