Thursday, November 24, 2011

Give Thanks to the Lord

It’s Thanksgiving Day and Cheri is busy in the kitchen preparing the feast for the day.  Austin and Tyler are sleeping in, as single young men in their 20’s are want to do.  I went to the gym this morning and did a ten mile run on the elliptical in 61:57, a new personal best.  As I ran, I read a few chapters from Waiting on God, by Andrew Murray.  Between chapters, I thought about how blessed I am to know God and to have a relationship with Him.

I’m glad our country has this day set aside to pause and to be thankful for the blessings we have.  Yes, we tend to focus on the feast of the day, the football games on TV, and the Black Friday sales that are just ahead tomorrow.  But already this morning, I’ve received texts and emails wishing me a happy Thanksgiving, and I’ve seen numerous expressions of thankfulness on Twitter and Facebook.  We have much to be thankful for, and as we have experienced trials during this economic downturn and the political gridlock in D.C., I believe many are more aware of the blessings that have been bestowed upon us.

This Thanksgiving Day, let’s be thankful for our blessings of freedom, family, friends and our abundance.  Let’s also remember to whom it is that we are thankful.  It is God who holds us in His hands.  It is God who bestows the blessings upon us.  God gave us a free country, and despite our nation’s disobedience in many areas, He has continued to bless us. 

“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!”
(1 Chronicles 16:34 ESV)

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