“Like a receipt, our gratitude is evidence of the transaction of grace from God.” Joshua Choonmin Kang

Gratitude: Evidence of the Transaction of Grace from God

With eyes sparkling, my grandson came to the door, cookie in hand, and grinned through the window. He waved at me with his free hand and then pointed to the cookie.

“Thanks, Bam!” he shouted and with a leap, he was off the deck and on to more important business, but the moment stopped me in my tracks, because his smiling-eyed joy was contagious, and the gift of gratitude he flashed through streaked window glass stayed with me like a benediction.

Joshua Choonmin Kang has put words around my feeling of that day and extended them to probe my own practice of thanksgiving:

“Gratitude is an expression of appreciation, an articulation of what we have received.  Like a receipt, our gratitude is evidence of the transaction of grace from God.”

Holding the receipt of my grandson’s gratitude in my hand, I wonder… could it be that what we all need in November of 2020 is a new lexicon for our language of gratitude?

Could it be that what we all need in November of 2020 is a new lexicon for our language of gratitude?

My grandson’s simple “Thanks, Bam” opens my heart to the need for a more spontaneous expression of gratitude to God. My imagination challenges me to find words to treasure the small things, for the ordinary miracles of cold drinking water and a chair in the sunshine.  I want to slow down for prayer and to stake out moments for pondering the latitude of suffering and the longitude of glory that crisscross through my every day. 

A spirituality that is founded in gratitude is anchored securely by roots that have been sent deep into God’s love and will result in a life that reflects God’s “image with ever-increasing glory.”  Let’s get started…

What are you grateful for today?

Inviting you into the music of gratitude,

Michele Morin

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68 thoughts on “Gratitude: Evidence of the Transaction of Grace from God”

  1. Ah, yes, you are right! I am grateful for an amazing Christian internist physician whom God used to spare my husband twice in recent months. In June in a pre-op appointment for a surgical procedure by another physician he ordered an EKG without a specific reason that discovered my husband needed a pacemaker for a heart that was often beating too slowly. Last week when our cardiologist was not returning a phone call about symptoms my husband was concerned about for two days, the internist saw him within an hour and he was transported from his office across an interstate to the hospital due to a significant heart issue related to the pacemaker and a medication prescribed the previous week by the cardiologist. This internist of ours starts his day before seeing patients with prayer asking for the Lord to use him to see clearly and recognize issues he must not miss. Grateful – so grateful! He purchased the private practice from our retiring internist several years ago and we were uncertain what we would have in the new doctor whom we had liked. In truth, this new physician is the best doctor we have ever had. Thank you, Lord!

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    1. Hey Michele, A great invitation to express gratitude in the everyday moments. I was sharing this morning how I’m grateful for old fashioned clocks that don’t automatically change at daylight savings and for accidentally falling asleep putting my daughter to bed…it made me feel like I actually got an extra hour on Sunday and some really great sleep! 😉 What a great book list! I’d probably read Mom Seeks God first. I’m active on IG and followed you there as @lovinlifewithlittles. Have a beautiful weekend!

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  2. Michele, it’s amazing how often you and I consider the same things. I have recently been thinking about transactions and transactional relationships too. I think while there is considerable evidence in Scripture for us to avoid transactional relationships, (the you-scratch-my-back-I’ll-scratch-yours kind), God’s grace comes to us with no strings attached. Just like the cookie from Bam! 🙂

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  3. Michele, “Making Marriage Beautiful” is the title from your list that I would most like to read. Today, I’m grateful that my daughter has deemed her first birthday away from home to be her best one yet. (It stings a bit, too, but I would much prefer that she have a wonderful day than a hard one.) And I have to tell you, out of all the nicknames grandchildren give their grandparents, “Bam” has to be one of the best ones yet!

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  4. Oh we can learn so much from children! I have to say – I am not sure which book I would read as you always share wonderful books. Today I am grateful for sitting in front of a sunny window, My Bible, and my coffee 🙂

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  5. So many times we fail to stop and give thanks when we all have something to be thankful for! Such a wonderful and inspiring giveaway! Mythical Me sounds like the first one I would read. Followed you on FB and Twitter but was already following you on Instagram. Thanks so much for linking up at our party – #FaithAndWorshipChristianWeekend 8. Shared.

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  6. Thank you for such a sweet picture of giving thanks.
    I’m following on Facebook and Instagram and would like to start with Beyond awkward side hugs! I’m on a fellowship kick and that sounds like a good one.

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  7. Michelle,
    Thanks so much for your visits!! As you know, I chose Gratitude for my Word of the Month for November….At the end of each day, I think of 5 things that I am grateful for that day….It is very humbling…
    Stay safe and happy!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  8. I’m grateful today for…Net Galley. 🙂 I thank God that there is such an easy way to get free new books to read more about him and his people and his world. Thanks for how you share the books you read, Michele!

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  9. Just this morning I recorded in my gratitude journal the blessing of Indian summer and right now I’m sitting on our deck (cozy in my fleece jacket) as I respond to blogger friends. Squirrels chatter, bird twitter, and a deer just paid a brief visit. We’re supposed to have six days of mild temperatures–how delightful is that?

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  10. Often the most powerful glimpses of gratitude are free, like a smile and thanks, Bam. Love this story. One thing I am grateful for today is lunch with my friend. We caught up and laughed a lot.

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  11. My grandchild isn’t really talking yet, but they give the biggest of smiles when you hand them their drink or food. Thanks for linking with #pocolo and hope to see you back later this week

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  12. “Gratitude is an expression of appreciation, an articulation of what we have received. Like a receipt, our gratitude is evidence of the transaction of grace from God.” I love this quote and the story about your grandson. Thank you for sharing with Grace & Truth. I love having you a part of our community. Maree

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  13. Grandchildren are such an amazing gift! “An old man’s joy is his children’s children” I love this message about spontaneous gratitude! I’ve hit the like button on Facebook. Of the listed books, I am most interested in reading “No More Fear” by JoHannah Reardon so that one would probably be first. Thank you for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn
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  15. Another great post to make us think! It’s so sad to find people who can’t seem to appreciate anything in their lives.

    Thanks for sharing your link at ‘My Corner of the World’ this week!

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  16. What an inspiring post. A very much needed reminder of my desire to have as you say, a ” spontaneous expression of gratitude to God.” Thanks for linking up with us at the #FaithAndWorshipChristianWeekend 9. I follow you on all 3 and I would like to read “The God Dare”

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  17. Gratitude is so important! I must admit, I always thought I was grateful but the pandemic has taught me I had no idea how much more we had to be grateful for. I’m making a real effort to thank God daily for our blessings – and not miss any out! Thank you for sharing, Michele, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party.

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