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What Is Gratitude?

Thankfulness has always been a key element of worship. I wonder if gratitude had a smell, a sound, a taste, a feel, a look … what would it be?

The online Oxford Dictionary defines gratitude as the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

These posts explore the smell, sound, taste, and feel of gratitude.

Gratitude. As the Thanksgiving holiday rolls around more persons are going to start thinking about the things that they have to be thankful for. It’s a good time to count the benefits of God – life, health, wealth, family, laughter … there are oodles of reasons to be thankful.

But I want to pick your brain: what does gratitude look like for you? I mean, if thankfulness had a smell, a sound, a taste, a feel, a look … what would it be? Read more…

Taste is intimately linked with the enjoyment of our food. One could say it starts with a look, is enhanced by the smell and that what we smell is what we taste.

Today we have a plethora of interesting things to eat but if it’s not spicy or smothered in gravies or sauces we consider it “bland”. If gratitude had a taste would we even know what it was? Read more…

When Elijah asked God to stop the rain it should have caused the children to learn the taste of gratitude.

Today I want to talk more about the taste of gratitude. We all know the story: after Elijah declared that there would be no rain, God told him to leave the area. Not surprising, God told him to go to the one place where there was still water – the Brook Cherith. He also promised to feed him. What was surprising was how God chose to send food. Read more…

Grateful.  There was no other word for it. The truth was she should be dead. But she wasn’t. She had stared death in the face and walked away from it unhurt all because of one man.

The irony wasn’t lost on her. She was almost killed by a group of men because of a man but in the end was saved because one man said the words: “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” Read more…

Sadly we’re losing the art of being grateful. Too often we go through life with an entitlement mentality to the point where we don’t even know how to say “thank you”.

We can’t say thanks because we believe we deserve to get everything that we want.

How very …sad.

We’ve gotten to a place where we no longer appreciate the rain thinking of it instead as an inconvenience – something that’s preventing us from going where we want to go. Read more…

Does salvation have a taste? If those who have experienced the saving power of Jesus should try to describe the taste of salvation, what would they say?

Imagine if you will a banquet laid out before you. There are entrees, appetizers, miniature desserts and exotic fruits and vegetables from all over the world. The cuisine of every culture is represented and the smell is so scrumptious that your mouth starts to water. Your eyes are slightly dazzled as you’re not sure what to sample first.

You grab a plate and reach towards the first dish. Read more…