With a Heart of Thanksgiving
“1 O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. 2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy; 3 And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south. 4 They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in. 5 Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them. 6 Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses. 7 And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation. 8 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! 9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.” Psalms 107:1-9 (KJV)
It’s my desire that everyone is enjoying their Thanksgiving with their families and friends. I pray that you’re not too stressed by the cooking, cleaning, preparing to travel or host the holiday dinner. Sometimes we get too focused on the event and not the time given to be with people or purpose of the day. So the turkey is a bit dry, the green beans are soggy and the pies were cooked too long, all that should be secondary to loving and experiencing family.
This year I am so thankful for health. It was today, last year that I was in the Emergency Room not sure what was happening to my body. My concern, my wife and children, oh yes and the turkey in the oven. This morning I woke up to give thanks to the One who has given my health, the One who has carried me through the rough waters of the past several years. The same One who has been my Provider, the Way-Maker and Light of the paths too dark for me to see over the past year. I am grateful that my family is together this Thanksgiving that alone is a blessing.
Of all the holidays we celebrate Thanksgiving is the only one that everyone can enjoy. Everyone, whether atheists, or otherwise stops to acknowledge the blessings, opportunities and bountifulness of the year(s). It’s that grateful heart that God appreciates, even if it’s only once a year. We definitely shouldn’t stop there by no means! Everyday should be a day of Thankfulness.
Today before you cut that turkey – give thanks for ALL the people in your life. Yes, I said ALL. It through them you receive strength, patience, understanding and gratefulness. Give thanks to the ONE who is All in All, Lord of every good thing – “altogether lovely”.