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Thanking God (and others!)

posted Oct 12, 2016, 6:29 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Oct 12, 2016, 6:36 AM ]
The liturgical music journal
GIA Quarterly writes: “It would be a safe judgment to make that none of this readership has suffered from leprosy and heard the welcoming words of the doctor or Jesus saying that you have been healed. In today’s gospel, ten lepers were healed. One said thank you—the outsider, a Samaritan.

Thankfulness can only happen when two are present, can only happen in relationship. Giving thanks binds two together in an experience of self-giving. Healer and healed become one. (Living Liturgy, 2016, 228)

So, when it’s necessary to make thanksgiving we could pick up the [Breaking Breads] and sing all the verses of ‘Now Thank We All Our God’ while we envision the Samaritan-leper beside us…”

And why not thank someone you know with a gift of music? Treat someone to a free concert! Let somebody else choose the music at home or in the car, and thank them for introducing you to it. When’s the last time you sang to your child? (Who cares if you can’t carry a tune, it’s the enthusiasm that counts!) There are plenty of songs that say it for you; Led Zeppelin, Alanis Morrisette, and Dido all have hits simply titled “Thank You.” Bon Jovi sings “Thank You for Loving Me” and Mariah Carey offers “Thank God I Found You.” Bob Hope will always be remembered for “Thanks for the Memories.” So thank someone you’ve been meaning to! And I don’t need to tell you how many ways you can give thanks to God with song…