When the priest comes out and he looks at the congregation, what does he say? He says “Let us give thanks unto the Lord.” What do we sing, “It is proper and right.” I think that each of us, when we really look at that place of gratitude, we need to recognize that it is proper and right and that our mom and our dad were correct in trying to really instill in us this idea of giving thanks and saying thank you. But there is a big difference of doing an obligatory thank you and really making gratefulness and appreciation a part of our daily lives not just around the Thanksgiving table but in our every day lives. 

Presvytera Pat Tsagalakis from the Faith and Family Podcast.