The Reason for Thanks

 

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Yes, I know.  Trust me, I know.  It is too easy to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays and forget to stay focused on the real meaning behind them.

After all, I am expected to have an immaculate house, be able to put a five-star feast on the table, look happy even though I have been up half the night, and on, and on, and on.  I FEEL YOU!  In this area, we all do our very best to make the holidays most enjoyable for everyone involved.  We primp, we cook, and we do what we have to do to pull it all off.

Can I tell you, Thanksgiving is a day not like another?  Its whole focus rests on a God who keeps His promises.  God has promised that every need we have will be supplied.  He declares in His Word that with Him there is no want.  That fact that we are here to see another Thanksgiving is celebration enough.  Not only are we here, but we are here because He has provided the way.  He has orchestrated our lives so well, that we ended up right where He intended – to see this day; to celebrate this day; to enjoy love and fellowship this day.  We have this day!

Let us not lose that focus.  I know it’s easy to follow mainstream society and just look at this day as a football/feasting day as we put together our lists of stores we want to hit afterwards to rack up the Black Friday deals.

It is so much more!

Think now, as you read this, just from the time that you have opened your eyes this morning, are you able to even begin to count all the blessings He has done for you?

Are you?

When you think of every breath you have inhaled and exhaled; every morsel of food you have placed in your mouth; every sickness or disease He has kept you from or brought you through or is currently bringing you through . . .

When you think about every bit of warmth that wraps around you as you lay cozy in bed at night . . .

When you think about every blessing – period; do we (me included) really want to shortchange God?  Do we want to leave Him out of a day that was proclaimed to praise Him for all that He has done for us?

No, we don’t!

In your celebrating don’t leave out the main reason for celebrating: God; for this isn’t just a normal day.  It’s a day of giving thanks to the One who only truly deserves it.

Don’t let mister gobble gobble or all the festivities take over this wonderful day.  Enjoy this day.  Enjoy your family and friends.  Even, enjoy your feast and such.  But, more importantly – enjoy your God because He is enjoying you.  After all, He is our reason for thanks.

Have a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving!

Psalm 75:1, “Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks: for that thy

name is near thy wondrous works declare.”

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