By which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature.
2 Peter 1:4
HH Pope Shenouda III
Levels Of Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving in the life of the children of God is in levels:
The least is giving thanks for the miracles, gifts, great pleasures and the plentiful good things, which no one doubts its goodness and benefit. Perhaps, other than this, some do not give thanks! (Simple). Pleasures might pass over them, and other good things they might see as natural and normal and needs no thanks!
There is a higher level of thanksgiving; to give thanks over little:
It might be a normal level in the life of thanksgiving to give thanks over the recover from a serious illness like cancer. But, if a person gave thanks for the recovery from a flu or cold, it indicates that in his life he is used to give thanks over many or little things. If we gave thanks over a few things, God will make us rulers over many things. Perhaps, among the advantages of thanksgiving are the continuity of the blessings and its increase, as one of the Fathers said, “Not a gift without increase, except that without thanksgiving”.