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Thankful

Thanksgiving is a very special time for me.  I remember days gone by when our entire family would come together and celebrate one another and the life God had given us.  So many of those beloved family members are now in eternity.  I miss them terribly and long to be reunited in the presence of God someday.

THANKFUL FOR THE GIFT OF HEAVEN

I have been blessed that almost without exception, they all knew the Lord and served him faithfully. I know I will see them again not too long from now.  But many families do not have that assurance of heaven for all their members.  I am very sad about that and it motivates me to share Christ at every opportunity with those I encounter in the course of everyday living.

THANKFUL FOR MATERIAL BLESSING

I am also thankful for the material blessings I enjoy.  I recently paused to take an inventory of all my blessings.  The country I live in, the relative wealth we enjoy, safety, plenty, comfort … and the list goes on and on.

TO WHOM ARE YOU THANKFUL?

I have seen a lot of folks who don’t acknowledge that these gifts come from God.  And I must wonder when I hear them express their gratitude at this time of year; Who are you thankful to for these blessings?  In fact, the very word “blessing” implies that these gifts come from God.  But sadly, God is left out of the picture entirely.  What an irony!  Thankful to whom?  And blessed by whom?  That part of the formula is blank.  Does anyone else see the ridiculous nature of being thankful to no one or blessed by no one?  I just don’t get it!

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” ~ James 1:17

This Thanksgiving, count your blessings, acknowledge that they come from God and praise His name for His goodness to you.  That is the only approach that makes any sense.