He who made us and fashioned us, having prepared His bountiful gifts for us before we were born, introduced us into His world. Since, therefore, we receive all these things from Him, we ought for everything to give Him thanks; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. — 1 Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians
Let the strong take care of the weak; let the weak respect the strong. Let the rich man minister to the poor man; let the poor man give thanks to God that he gave him one through whom his need might be satisfied. — Clement of Rome, 1st Century
“And with joy give thanks to the Father, who has made you first to have your share of what God has reserved for His people in the Kingdom of Light.” (Colossians 1:12)
Every morning and at all hours they give praise and thanks to God for the gifts they have received; for food and drink also they give thanks to God. This is the content of the Christian’s law and the way they live their lives. — From the Apology (“Defense”) of Aristides of Athens, presented to the Roman emperor, Antoninus Pius, circa 125 AD.
“Let us give thanks unto the Lord!” — exhortation from the Liturgy. This exhortation is common to Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Oriental Orthodox, and many of the Protestants. It is one of the oldest exhortations to be found in Christian worship.