My wife and I were attending a Gospel community group (Bible Study) in Johannesburg, South Africa. Bruce and Jo, friends of our son-in-law and daughter, host the gathering. As various members arrived, a warm greeting was the order of the evening. Arthur, senior member of the group, greeted a young lady. He commented on her beautiful smile and demeanor. I was standing close by and heard her say, “buy a donkey”. Buy a donkey! Really? That seemed to me to be such a strange response. One of the group noticed my puzzled look. They explained that her response was in Afrikaans, one of the major languages in South Africa. She actually said “byie-dankie”, pronounced like “buy a donkey”. It means, “Thank you very much”. What a delightful expression!
Later that night, I was praying my wrap-up conversation of the day with Jesus. I was thanking Him for certain events and blessings of the day. The little phrase, byie-dankie, popped into to mind. It seemed like the proper thing to say, so with joy I said, “byie-dankie, Lord”. Prompted by that wonderful little phrase, other thoughts and phrases that could express my appreciation to the Lord came to mind.
One, in particular, took center stage. A wonderful little Christian lady in my home community sings a country gospel song about giving the Lord thanks. The following words from that song kept playing over and over in my mind: “I want to thank you Lord for all the things I’ve never thanked you for. It’s not that I’m ungrateful, just forgetful Lord, so I want to thank you for all of the things I’ve never thanked you for”. The minutes raced by and my routine ‘end of day’ prayer turned into a celebration of praise and thanksgiving. It was a transcendent spiritual event for me.
How long has it been since you have entered into a period of thanksgiving and grateful worship? I encourage you to engage in such a time. Maybe the words of the beautiful chorus, “Give Thanks”, could serve as a beginning point:
Give thanks with a grateful heart, give thanks to the Holy One,
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son.
And now let the weak say, “I am strong.” Let the poor say, “I am rich,
“Because of what the Lord has done for us.”
Now, Don’t You Just Feel Like Saying, “Byie-dankie’, Lord”?
~ Brother Roy