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Giving Thanks

By Watchman | November 24, 2010

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.  Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.  (Psalm 100:4)

…in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

     Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day here in the US.  Although we vaguely give lip-service to the origins of the holiday, we seem to have largely neglected to incorporate the “Thanksgiving” part into our modern-day celebration.  It is often off-handedly referred to as Turkey Day, and has become a day focused on food, parades and football more than on the God by whose hand we have received all good things.  Just as we have adopted the slogan “Keep Christ in Christmas“, so should we be adopting the attitude of keeping the giving of thanks in Thanksgiving.

     The first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the pilgrims in 1621, in honor of the first harvest after a severe winter that decimated their population by half.  Since by this time the pilgrims numbered only a little over fifty, that means that no person was untouched by the tragedy of starvation, cold or disease.  Despite this, they knew that only the grace of God left enough of them alive to continue their colony.  Our modern Thanksgiving Day was established by proclamation of  President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, who also endured hardship and tragedy in his life but knew that God remained in control and was worthy of being given glory.  This day was set aside to be one in which the name of God would be glorified and the goodness of the Lord acknowledged and praised.  So, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ: will you be glorifying God tomorrow?

     I’ve been watching the news broadcasts about Thanksgiving this week.  I’ve heard that gas prices will be up for the holiday.  I’ve heard that turkey prices are higher this year than last, and I’ve heard about how our declining economy is affecting our plans to celebrate.  I have heard no word that gives glory to the Lord.

     Those of you who have been following my blog over the past year or so know that this last year was a difficult one for me.  Like many people hurt by today’s economic crisis, I lost a lot of “stuff” and had to make another fresh start when I wasn’t at all certain I had another fresh start left in me.  My future is still a little uncertain, and there are as yet a few important events that have yet to take place in my life before I can begin to breathe easier and see the path ahead a little more clearly.  This Thanksgiving, I will be praising God!  This Thanksgiving I will be offering up to Him all the thanks of which I am capable!  Why?  Because He is my God and Lord of my life.  Because He has held my hand during all the bad things that have come down upon me and continues to lead me through the storm when I am too blind to see my own way. I will thank Him for every family member that has accepted His offer of redemption and for every friend or acquaintance I have been given to love.  I will thank Him for those who have been standing by my side helping me to endure what I thought was not endurable.  I will praise and thank Him  because He has sent His only Son Jesus to redeem me at the price of His own blood and so has delivered me from an eternity of the hell I couldn’t have avoided on my own!  I will praise and thank Him because He loves me!

     Bad economy?  Health problems?  Pffft!  So what?  “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1) 

     Brothers and sisters, will you be joining me tomorrow in giving thanks?  Will you give thanks that because of His mercy and goodness we can enter the throne-room  of the most high God and be acceptable in His sight; that in the midst of the storms He is our refuge and our deliverer?  God be with you all and may He grant you the desires of your hearts!

Happy Thanksgiving


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One Response to “Giving Thanks”

  1. Shirley Says:
    November 30th, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Well spoken, good and faithful Watchman! I add a resounding AMEN to your words!