From a Grateful Heart to Thankful Words and Actions
Daniel Su


Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise — the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. —Hebrews 13:15-16

A Georgia woman, Amanda Jones, who was abandoned as an infant in 1983, launched a Facebook page to search for the person(s) who rescued her. The story, “Woman abandoned in dumpster 36 years ago looking for good Samaritan who saved her,” was reported by KCCI TV in Des Moines.

Apparently, a stranger, or strangers, found the abandoned baby. She was placed in foster care and then adopted when she was three months old.

“I want to thank whoever found me because they changed so many lives,” Jones said. "If they hadn't found me, my children wouldn't be here today, my husband wouldn't have a wife . . . So many people have been blessed by that one night and one person."

What a story of a grateful person’s journey just to say thank you! What impresses me is that she did not stop at just feeling grateful. She went further. She used thankful words; she took actions. Even the passing of time has not changed her heart. Now 36 years later, she remains profoundly grateful.

This Thanksgiving season, may we be found having grateful hearts, speaking thankful words, and taking actions to thank the one who gave it all to rescue us and adopt us into the family of God!

November 2022