Thanks for Everything

by Merlin A. Carothers, Foundation of Prais

Thank you, David L. Chancey, for your article, A Life of Thanksgiving , in the November, 2000 issue of Pulpit Helps. I was inspired by your emphasis on giving thanks to God. I agree that giving thanks should be a natural part of every growing Christian.

I ask you to take another look at the statement you make, "Paul is not saying give thanks for everything." You are correct that 1 Thess. 5:18 does not say "for everything" but are you being accurate when you infer that Paul does not say "for everything"? Ephesians 5:20 does say "for everything." When I first began to seriously study that verse, it didn't make sense since it was unlike anything I had ever been taught. I contacted my Greek professor under whom I had studied for four years, and asked him to study the word "for" to see if he agreed with the interpretation I was beginning to believe. After studying the verse, he told me that he had never previously thought of the word "for" as actually meaning for. That set him to studying the word in its context with the whole Bible. When my book, Prison to Praise, was published he told me he didn't agree with all my theology, but he had to agree with my literal interpretation of Ephesians 5:20.

I hope this inspires you to further consideration of "for everything."