Thanksgiving Day is just a few days away. Already, turkeys by the thousands have given their lives so that we may celebrate a day of rest, although I don’t know how much rest will be involved when there is so much cooking to do. Everything has to be cooked just right and all of our favorite foods on the table.
In America, our “Thanksgiving Day” is based upon the observance by the Pilgrims back in 1621. After a long, hard winter when many of them had not survived, they were so thankful to God for the coming of spring and a chance to build a new life in their new “Promised Land”. Their faith in God was a major factor during those times.
My brothers and sisters in Christ, Faith in God has brought us to where we are today. Where we go from here will also be determined by our Faith in God… or lack thereof. It is sad that many today have become unthankful. When man looks to himself for answers and not to the Lord, he becomes ungrateful. Why should men be thankful to a God that they refuse to serve, refuse to worship, or even refuse to acknowledge His very existence? It seems that so many are focused only on themselves and not upon a supreme Creator God.
Beloved, I challenge you to be a grateful people. Being a people that are rooted and grounded in the Word of God, it behooves us to never miss a moment to be thankful to God for the many blessings we have. It should dictate who we are and why we are. Of all people, we should be the ones who count our many blessings. Think of the peace we have when we are thankful people… especially when we recognize that without Jesus’ sacrifice for us, there would be no peace with God. In the next few days, may we come to God with Thanksgiving in our hearts because Jesus has made a way for us to know God and be a part of His family. Think about it… and may God bless you richly in the days ahead.
Baker Heights Elder