Two words that have a fairly fixed meaning in the English language. Yet they can be used to mean just about anything.
Thank you can be expressed sarcastically to express resentment. It can be used as an instructive request on a doorway sign that says “thank you for not smoking “. It can express arrogance and self-deception as when the Pharisee prays, “I thank you that I am not like other sinners.”
Thank you can be used to sincerely express gratitude, to flatter, to impress, to manipulate, to deceive, or to indicate misunderstanding. It could be a code word for anything.
In this time of harvest, the words “thank you” can mean many different things. Some show how lost we are. Some lift us to the heart of our God, with a resulting love for those who have been given more or less than we have.