A Thankful Heart
by Noah Hefley
November 20, 2021
I ran across a paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 13 using the thought of thanksgiving which I would like to share with you—
If I speak a prayer of thanksgiving with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not a thankful heart, I have become brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I enjoy a great feast of turkey and dressing with all the trimmings, and though I observe all of the traditions of the day, but if I have not a thankful heart, it is nothing. And though I invest time in observing the good game of football, and though I give my body to a second helping of turkey and dressing, if I have not a thankful heart, it is nothing.
A thankful heart sees life as a gift from God and is grateful. A thankful heart does not express itself selfishly; does not parade itself arrogantly, is not proudly puffed up. It does not behave callously, does not show itself to be unconcerned, is not unresponsive, and thinks not only of itself. It does not rejoice in unmet needs, but rejoices in giving. A thankful heart is grateful for all things, gracious in all things, and generous with all things.
A thankful heart never fails. But where there are customs, they will fail; where there are traditions, they will cease; where there are observances, they will vanish away. For observances are only a part and our customs are, also, but a part. But the perfect, when it comes, supersedes that which is only a part. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I matured, I put away acting childlike. For though we may now see as in a poor mirror dimly but then we will see clearly. Then we will know entirely as it may be known.
So now thanksgiving will abide with its traditions, celebrations, and thankful heart, these three; but the greatest of these is a thankful heart.
I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving celebration, but even more, I wish that you might carry with you always a Thanksgiving of the Heart!
“Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything…” (Ephesians 5:20).
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