Psalm 9:1

I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, it is for me much easier to notice all that God has done. The crisp air, the splendor of colors displayed in the leaves, the sound of geese heading south, the smell of wood smoke in the air, what an invigorating reprieve from the sweltering heat and continual mowing of the grass, not forgetting the ticks and mosquitoes. Leaving the dog days of summer behind and not yet enduring the chill of a winter wonderland, I find all my senses undistracted and engaged by God’s wondrous creation, allowing me the time and pleasure of contemplating God’s handiwork in both this world and my own personal life.

Thanksgiving, a holiday devoted to nothing else but giving thanks for all that God has been so gracious and merciful to provide us collectively as His creation and personally as His child. I can’t help but think that men may have had a selfish motive in creating a holiday celebration where the women do all the work and men contribute nothing more than a hearty appetite. Setting aside any possible selfish traditions, Thanksgiving should be as treasured and celebrated in the life of the Christian as sincerely as Christmas and Easter. Another privileged opportunity to praise and worship our God.

So many scriptures in God’s holy word speak of our giving thanks to God. We have countless reasons to praise Him daily and so this day of “Thanksgiving” should be the crescendo of our lifestyle of praise and worship. The time spent with friends and family enjoying fellowship and food are the cue cards to remind us of all that God has done for us. The Lazy boy and football are not the reason for this holy day but rather God’s way of saying thank you for offering the praise and gratitude that He so richly deserves.

As we enter into this time of giving thanks to God, what a wonderful time to make Him your God by accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior. By repenting of sin and trust fully on Christ, allowing the debt of sin that we owe to be paid for by the blood of Jesus. We can thank God for the greatest gift that we will ever receive, salvation. Being reconciled to God and in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the greatest reason we will ever know for giving thanks to God.

As we pause this year to celebrate all that we are thankful for, let us not forget that all we have has been provided by the hand of God. A God who loves you so very much that He sent His son Jesus to the cross to pay the debt of sin for you. The death and resurrection of God’s only begotten son was so you could be free from the guilt and control of sin, not free to continue in sin. If you have never truly repented of sin and received salvation, you can be thankful today for God’s grace that provides salvation freely through your faith. Or perhaps you have walked away from Him or are not walking closely with Him, you can be thankful for His mercy and forgiveness which allows us to come back to Him.

Wherever you stand with God I encourage you to be thankful this year by praising God for all He has done for you and be especially thankful for His gift of salvation by receiving Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Pastor Bob

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