On this Saturday, 27 May, we celebrate the National Day of Thanks.
So what does this mean? I guess it’s about taking time out of our busy schedules and really considering what life’s all about. Doing this on a recognised day provides the added bonus of being thankful in community with others.
There’s something about being thankful, isn’t there? It’s got the oxygen of goodness about it. It crosses the barriers of age and race, gender and culture.
It has built-in humility, the taste of grace, at least a pinch—sometimes an avalanche—of celebration. Thankfulness takes a refreshing eye off the self and commends the other.
Thanks can be a tiny spring that seeps and trickles its way to join bigger streams, becoming a cascade and feeding a deep, rich river of thankfulness. Ultimately, it’s all flowing to the glorious, vast ocean of divine goodness. Thankfulness is something we show not just to people, but to our God.
That’s why I’m adding my voice—just another little splash—to the National Day of Thanks.
Together, we can recognise and appreciate what we have, honour the contribution of those who give and serve and sacrifice, and take a special opportunity as a nation to offer a simple and heartfelt “Thank You”.
Australian singer and entertainer Colin Buchanan is an ambassador for this year’s National Day of Thanks. To find out more go to austhanks.org.au.