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Two Words that Could Mean Anything or Everything

Thank you…

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.





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10 Responses to “Two Words that Could Mean Anything or Everything”

  1. Mart De Haan says:

    Am going to copy below two posts from BruceC and Maru that came in this morning before I changed the post: From BruceC: Happy Thanksgiving to all here!! Let’s pray for those who do not know the Lord and therefore arrogantly think that all they are blessed with comes only from their hard work and talents they developed; without any thought of of a loving, gracious, Lord that has allowed them to have these things. Pray for their salvation.

    Pray also for those who are hurting; not just this day, but everyday. Where each day is an exhausting struggle just to survive until the next. And pray for our brothers and sisters around the world who are persecuted for their faith in Christ and suffer at the hands of their own countrymen and at times their own families.
    Soli Deo Gloria!

    From Maru: Submitted on 2012/11/22 at 7:26 am
    Good Morning Mart and Friends –

    I join with all here who earnestly seek God. Let great thanksgiving be sung and shouted for who God is — for the assurance the Lord gives all who love and hope to serve and worship at the throne of God’s grace.

    I am thankful for BTA — where we share and celebrate the gift of life in Jesus — and the living hope we are given day by day.

    Help us remember, Lord, to pray for all those Bruce mentions. Those who suffer for their faith in God and in his Christ — for those who are seeking a way out of the horrors of war, famine and disease. Guide us in your everlasting Way, Lord, our Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer — and help us by your Spirit to be encouragers to those who hope in you. May your abundant grace, mercy, provision and healing be for each one here a source of strength in these days. Help us , O Lord God, to live in and to live out your promises. Amen.”

  2. cherielyn says:

    Thank you, Lord, for BTA and all the dear people who contribute here, as well as those who used to and no longer do. I think about and pray for each and every one.

    Sorry for my absence during the past few posts. Between intermittent internet problems (promised to be remedied sometime in spring) and issues with my son, which has caused my free time to be very limited, I have not been able to keep up with reading posts and/or contribute.

    I have prayed for those affected by hurricane Sandy. Praying for Mart, Steve, Glenna & Matt, narrow, sparrow, foreverblessed, poohpity, Gary, AmazedbyHis Grace, Bruce, Bill, Bob in Cornwall, Sakoieta…….those are who I can remember off the top of my head without looking back at posts or my list which isn’t in front of me at the moment. If I haven’t named you here, don’t think you’re not in my thoughts. At 66 my memory isn’t as sharp as it used to be.

    I am so thankful for all of you and wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving.

    47 degrees in NE WI at 8:11 a.m.

    One Day Closer to Christ’s Return!

  3. cherielyn says:

    MtnMan just came to mind. I pray for you, also, in case you still visit BTA.

  4. SFDBWV says:

    Mart raised a good point about “thank you” being said in a list of possible meanings. A casualty of speaking English.

    Many other languages express the meaning of a word and so many different words for what may sound in English as one word.

    Thank you seems small and lacking when one considers the interaction between God and man. How can thank you fully express what it means to someone like me for every moment of my life under God?

    Thank you father for the earth and the heavens, for my life as a child with those who loved me and cared for me, for all the people who helped shaped me and guide me along my life, for every moment of tearful prayer and every moment of prayers answered.

    For right here and right now, for being able to hear my son’s voice and feel his touch, for my wife and all the love we share.

    For a future I can not see, but trust to God.

    How could I ever adequately “thank” Jesus for His sacrifice? One way is by obeying His commandments and extending His desires to others through my life and actions in His name and for His purposes.

    Yes “Thank You” seems weak and not enough, but said with a true spirit of thankfulness is says a lot and is a good place to begin.

    I hope wherever you are today whether in the America’s or not, that every day is “Thanksgiving Day”, and I pray all of you are blessed as much or more than I feel I am today.


  5. InHisHands says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you all. May the LORD bless your day and be with those who are not able to be with their families today. (Military or living in other areas). May the LORD touch the hearts of those who have suffered the loss of a family member or friend this last year. The first holiday is a hard time when missing someone.

    I do keep you in my prayers and follow comments, just haven’t been participating. Still around, though.

  6. poohpity says:

    May the joy of the Lord fill each heart with what can only come from above, peace and confidence in the hands of our living God. I thank God everyday for all of you and pray your day be filled with Thanksgiving and Hope.
    Love you all, Deborah

  7. bubbles says:

    The past two weeks or so, I have been convicted about thanking God for things. . . when I see a lovely sunrise, and I think it’s beautiful, I am reminded to thank God for it, rather than just thinking it’s pretty; thanking God for the gift of eyesight to see.
    I wish there were more words for thank you than just thank you.

    Mart, I am very thankful for you work here. I am thankful for this blog and for you sharing your thoughts. I am thankful for the many good and dear friends I have met here. They have made my life richer and better than I could have ever imagined. Just think if it had not been for this blog, I would have never known all of you. And this place also has drawn me closer to my Lord; thinking about things in a new way.

  8. davids says:

    As Mart mentions, Thank You is important everywhere. It is so very valuable between people. Thanking people acknowledges their grace and their kindness and that is important.

    But in the US this day is set aside for Thankfulness to the Lord. It acknowledges that all good things come from God. So in that spirit, I thank you all for your contributions, and thank Mart for his work and leadership.

    I pray daily for you and for people that have not appeared here for a long time.

    Thanks be to God for the health, peace, security, and love in our household. May you all be blessed.


  9. SFDBWV says:

    I was wondering this morning how many feel and think after praying for something so long and so determined only to have the exact opposite of your desires occur?

    Is there a *thank you* in your reaction or only disappointed confused silence?

    There is just so much heartache and unhappiness in the world today it makes me wonder if there was ever a time when people were content and happy.

    It seems that contentment and happiness are only fleeting moments that come sporadically and are just enough to keep us going.

    It has been a long dark struggle for man since his departure from the *garden*; weary and tired it is only in the ashes of defeat that one can find the true meaning of hope, for no mater how dark the day Jesus keeps hope alive…for that I am eternally *thankful*.


  10. Mart De Haan says:

    Was writing a new post as Steve commented above–apparently thinking along the same lines as I was. So moved his comment to the next post.

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