Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Part 4

Thanksgiving Day

      I am glad that America still sets aside one day a year for the offering of gratitude to God.  Many nations have such an observance, but only the United States and Canada commemorate the fourth Thursday in November as a national day of Thanksgiving.

    Born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ view the day as one of an entire year of  thanksgiving, and even more, of a lifetime and eternity wherein we live with grateful hearts.  We believe in thanksliving, as it were, even as the Apostle Paul commanded, "In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you" (I  Thessalonians 5:17).  One day could never be enough, as we could consciously offer gratitude to our Lord in every moment without adequately expressing our eternal indebtedness to Him.  

    I hope that the observance of Thanksgiving in America still speaks to our collective and individual conscience with a message of how abundantly God has blessed us, rather than it being merely a day of feasting, family gathering, and most disturbingly, preparation for shopping.  I'm sure it does, and may the Spirit of God in this day grace our nation with remembrances of the One who "giveth to all life and breath and all things" (Acts 17:25).  And may the people of God rejoice that this is merely one day among a year of gracious provisions descending from Above, and grateful thanksgivings ascending to the Throne of grace.

Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: Thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; to the end that my glory may sing praise to Thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto Thee forever."
(Psalm 30:11-12)

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