Rt. Rev. Edward Reynolds
The only possible path to being restored to a right relationship with God is through our faith that Jesus Christ has indeed done it for us. In terms of our redemption from our fallen and sinful human nature, Christ did for us what we could not possibly do for ourselves. All that is left is for us to do is receive the gift and be thankful.
Thankfulness is, therefore, a central tenant of the Christian experience, and this is reflected throughout our Anglican Book of Common Prayer. A prayer that has been a favorite of mine from my very young years is The General Thanksgiving found in the Daily Office (daily prayers). This is a prayer composed by the Rt. Rev. Edward Reynolds, then Bishop of Norwich, first included in the BCP in its 1662 revision. The Puritans in the Church of England at the time had complained that there were not enough prayers of praise and thanksgiving in the Prayer Book. Here is Bishop Reynold's response: