I cast about in my mind for something to write in honor of the Thanksgiving Holiday and discovered that my sentiments have not changed since I first wrote the following piece. Of course, this was written before I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes, before the difficulties I’ve been experiencing with my allergies, before…well you get the picture. The point is, I still owe God praise and thanksgiving: it’s due-praise unto the Lord! So, instead of composing a whole new post relaying the same thoughts, I figured why not re-post?
I pray God’s blessings on you all, that you have family and/or friends to share the coming holiday season with and that the thoughts of loved-ones who have gone home to be with the Lord will be sweet and filled with reverent expectation of the day you will see them again. Those of you who have no family or are separated by distance, know this, you are never alone. God is with you always and has promised never to leave you. And also know that I and Mom love you and are praying for your peace. Be blessed, enjoy and …
Thanksgiving is a holiday that is enriched by the presence of God’s grace which is why I prefer it over any other holiday of the year. It encompasses all other holidays and occasions of a Christian’s life, for in everything we are to give thanks. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Thanksgiving is what we owe God everyday of our lives. Giving thanks is a precursor to praise. It is what God desires of His children. He delivers, grants mercy and love, saves, attends to and maintains the love of thousands. Exodus 34:7 Why? Because He loves us and He desires our praise and thanksgiving. He is, “…the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God.” Exodus 34:6 He is, He who mends the broken hearted and imparts wisdom to the unwise, and overshadows His children with immeasurable love.
Have you ever felt the over-showering presence of God’s love? If your answer is yes then you have a reason to give thanks. There are more reasons to give God thanks than there are to complain. Indeed, a child of God has no reason to complain if he or she knows whose they are.
Thanksgiving is more than a verbal shout or a song of praise in worship. It is more than a prayer said over a meal. To give thanksgiving to God is to give Him our lives, fully and truly, over and over, on a daily basis. Every aspect of our lives should be a small part of a greater praise.
So while we eat our turkey dinners and fellowship with our families let us remember that Thanksgiving should be observed every second, of every minute, of every hour, of every day of our lives. Let us give ‘Glory and Thanksgiving to God in the highest!’
“Praise be to the name of God forever and ever; wisdom and power are His, He changes times and seasons; He sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.
He reveals deep and hidden things; He knows what lies in the darkness, and light dwells with Him.
I thank and praise You, O God of my fathers: You have given me wisdom and power; You have made known to me what we asked of You: You have made known to us the dream of the king.” Daniel 2:19-23 NIV
Daniel’s prayer of thanksgiving is enough to inspire an exultant shout of praise. This Thanksgiving day, take some time to exalt the wondrous works of God and discover why it’s a holiday for every day!