Real Thanksgiving

This time of year, we hear a lot in America about ‘Thanksgiving’.

Obviously this has to do with our history, the Pilgrims and the Native Americans who befriended them. I’m sure the Pilgrims were thankful for those friends. But just as importantly, the pilgrims were thankful to the Lord.

He was the one who sent the Natives to help. He was the One they had been calling out to. He was the reason they’d made the voyage across the seas in the first place–because they wanted to worship Him in the way they thought was best, and they weren’t allowed to in England.

At Thanksgiving, we are encouraged to ‘be thankful’, and well we should be–in America, we have more wealth than virtually any nation, and the freedom and liberty we enjoy is, in large part, the envy of the world. Certainly today, we should be ‘thankful’ for all that we have, and to those are important to us.

From the time they were little, I taught our kids to express thanks to God for “Our house and food and clothes”, among other things. God meets our needs in so many ways that we tend to take that fact for granted. Add to that the ‘intangibles’ like Faith, Love, Friendship, and Family, along with many of the ‘wants’ we have–from cellphones to cable tv. to nice clothes, etc.–and it becomes clear that we are abundantly blessed (even if, at times, we struggle).

Today I want to encourage you to be thankful, but not just in some vague, abstract sense.

I want to encourage you to Give Thanks to GOD!

HE is the giver of all our blessings!

HE loves us and cares for us.

HE wants us to be ‘conduits of blessing’ for others, and HE will be honored as we do so.

God deserves our Real Thanks-giving today…and every day!

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.” (1 Chronicles 16:34)

“Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.” (James 1:17)

 

 

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