Thanksgiving, Now Here’s a ‘Holiday’ I Can Support

“I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.” -Psalm 9:1

I’m often kind of a downer when it comes to holidays these days.  I almost don’t like to call them holidays, because of the “holy day” background of the term.  Yet, Thanksgiving offers something different, or it can at least.  Obviously, these days it’s associated with the practice of gorging to a gluttonous extent.  But I think the day can be a very important reminder, a day set aside for giving thanks to our God, and for meditation on the great deeds he has done for us.

This is going to be a short note, but hopefully it will be encouragement to really give serious consideration today about thankfulness to God.

Here’s a few things I think might be worthwhile to reflect upon on the day of Thanksgiving:

Give thanks for,

I) …a Savior and a loving God.  This, of course, should probably be an everyday occurrence.  But we might consider the very gift of a Savior itself today.  That God, who would have been perfectly right in doing so, did not turn His back upon us, but instead has dealt with us in mercy and longsuffering.

For our sake he made him to be sinwho knew no sin, so that in him we might becomethe righteousness of God.” -2 Cor 5:21

II) …His provisions in your life.  This includes His scriptures, His church, His sacraments, your family, your friends, the sun that shine, and the food you eat.  It is worth remembering that many of us in America will have tables full of food this Thanksgiving, while many across the world will never, in their lifetime, see as much food.  May it convict us to 1) Thank God for His great provisions, and 2) to pray for and love our neighbors in service and self-sacrifice.

Another thought, that I expressed in my facebook status, “Perhaps we show our “Thankfulness” to God, not just in saying thanks, but expressing our thanks in actions that glorify God.”  Let us not just honor Him with our lips, but let’s express our love and gratefulness for Him and His work through our good works.

In Christ,

Jon

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~ by TSL on November 26, 2009.

 
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