I’ve just received a really touching thank you email from the family I took a funeral for on Tuesday, and I am thrilled. We so rarely receive thanks for anything we do whether it has been an easy task or a struggle.
I had some tests under general anesthetic for our infertility three years ago, and instead of being home by lunchtime as the anesthetist confidently predicted, I ended up on the ward until the evening. The nurses were all really kind. I had a check-up a couple of weeks later at another part of the hospital site 10 miles away. I had a thank you card for the nurses in my bag to post on my way home, but as I talked with a nurse who was sitting in on the check-up she said whe usually worked on the ward where I’d had my op and would be going back there later on in the day. I asked if she would mind taking something to her fellow nurses on the ward and she looked extremely suspicious. Then I explained that it was just a thank you card that I was on my way to post and the surprise and delight on her face was astonishing. A “thank you” was obviously extremely rare!
Expressing our gratitude to people can make such a difference to them. Cultivating a grateful and thankful heart towards God and letting it overflow into the lives of those around us leads to such joy in us and in others.