Most children learn to say “thank you” before they really know what it means. Only with time does a child grow to know the emotion that the words express. The words come first and the feelings later. This probably is the same for adults too. Most likely, we are not thankful for every thing in our lives. Henri Nowen explained, “We are only truly grateful people when we can say "thank you" to all that has brought us to the present moment. As long as we keep dividing our lives between events and people we would like to remember and those we would rather forget, we cannot claim the fullness of our beings as a gift of God to be grateful for. Let's not be afraid to look at everything that has brought us to where we are now and trust that we will soon see in it the guiding hand of a loving God.” Condition yourself this season to give thanks to God in all things. You may first only be able to say the words, but I pray the feelings of gratitude grow in you.