Verse of the Day
Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations. [Psalm 100 – NKJV]
Traditionally, Thanksgiving has marked the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. My favorite Christmas movie, Miracle on 34th Street, opens with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Kris Kringle taking over for a “spurious” Santa who has had more than his fill of Christmas “spirit.” Of course, that was decades ago and today, Christmas decorations seem to pop up immediately after Halloween. In recent years, Christmas, at least the secular, commercialized variant, seems to have overshadowed Thanksgiving.
Sure, we gather together, but more often than not it’s at the dinner table as we get ready for the turkey or in front of the flat screen as we watch the big game. Thanksgiving is more and more a forgotten day. It’s a holiday that has lost its meaning and purpose. Through no fault of its own mind you, but then holidays need us, the celebrants, to keep them alive. We give them purpose by observing them in the way they are meant to be celebrated.
Thanksgiving is a time to gather together to reflect on and give thanks for the many blessings that God has provided. Regardless of whether you and your family are doing just fine (thank you very much) or are suffering with a job loss, health concerns, or other needs, we all have something to be thankful for. Everything we have belongs to God. We are His stewards. We owe everything to Him. And I’m not just talking about the stuff, but our health, our talents and abilities, our families and our friends, our jobs, our beloved country, and on and on. So, this Thanksgiving, take time to pray a prayer of thanks (both individually and collectively) to the Lord your God for His bountiful provision. As the Psalmist says, “Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.” Amen and amen!