Vicar's Blog

It is a social custom to express appreciation for a kindness done. When a ‘thank you’ is not forthcoming we can feel taken for granted, used, or explain it as a lack of social awareness. At a deeper level though, saying ‘thanks’ is more than a social custom. Depending on the extent of favour or sacrifice given, it is an outflow from the heart that is moved by the generosity and thoughtfulness of the one whose act of kindness has touched us. It evokes a desire to reciprocate, to honour and bless the person for what they have done for us. Whether by gift or word, gratitude expressed complements and completes the act of kindness. Some years ago the writer C.S. Lewis pointed out the dilemma of the atheist – when moved by the beauty of a sunset or any one of the intricacies of nature, to whom do they give thanks? Gratitude is a very human instinct, and it is most natural to be offered to our Creator from whom all life in its marvellous complexity and beauty has come. Even more so is gratitude the natural response to the greatest act of human and divine love shown in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for all people. We tap into this source of love, by opening our hearts to Jesus in wonder and gratitude. Why not give it a try?