The word thankful is only used in the ESV version of the Bible one time.
Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
Jesus said thank you two different times in the gospels. Both times were to God.
Matthew 11:25–26 At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.”
John 11:40–43 Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.”
We have so very much to be thankful for this season. The Lord has given me four living and healthy children, and a beautiful and precious wife. We have an abundance of food, clothing, shelter, work, and every other little blessing he rains down. We have also been given the gift of suffering. Suffering in itself is by no means a blessing. God, who causes and uses suffering, is the blessing. He has a chosen this season for our family to know him better through the coming loss of our baby Mercy with trisomy 13. He has chosen my beloved as a vessel to bring to himself another child for his kingdom in heaven. I so much look forward to seeing her beautiful and whole one day with Jesus.
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all who read this blog. Thank you for your prayers. Thank you for your emails, cards, letters, and encouragements. Thank you for every time you send a verse from the Scriptures. All those things are so very helpful and such a blessing to us. We are thankful to God for loving us and encouraging us through the body of his son Jesus. Thank you for your willingness to feel and suffer with us and not treat us as if we have some defiling disease. It really means a lot.
We love you,
Scott for the Davids