'Tis The Season for Gratitude
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word, gratitude, as a noun that means, "the state of being grateful: THANKFULNESS." I doubt there are very few people that don't know the meaning of the word or have never had the feeling of gratitude towards another person.
Vic Rossi, in his sermon series titled, The Basics of Gratitude says that in the Bible, the word, gratitude, translates the word, eucharista, which stems from the word, charis, which means grace. Rossi continues "Grace is a favor, an act of goodwill, and loving kindness . . . which we do not deserve. Therefore, gratitude is an offering of thanks for the abundance of grace shown to us. One of the first times gratitude is shown in the Bible is when Noah walks off the Ark and builds an [altar] to the Lord."
According to an article in the Harvard Mental Health Letter, “gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.”
'Tis the season for gratitude: first Thanksgiving, then Christmas. We might donate food to the Samaritan Food Pantry, or drop change in the Salvation Army's red kettle or buy gifts for children from the Angel Tree at the library. We are expressing gratitude for all the grace we have been given. We are recognizing who God is and what he has done. Enjoy the holiday season and don't forget to show GRATITUDE!