“and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan” (Luke 17:16).
The true spirit of thanksgiving postures itself in humility. Such humility lives with an awareness of the world around us — the immense pain, the profound brokenness, the crippling addictions, the prevailing social injustices — conditions in which any one of us could find ourselves. Out of this our thankful expressions become an acknowledgement of the dignity, equality, and necessity of others. Our blessings are never merited. Thus, the only appropriate response is one of thankful humility.