Thursday, November 24, 2011

Giving Thanks

What stirs us to be thankful?
To begin with we need to recognize all we have.
It is too easy to take a whole lot of what we have for granted.
Especially if you live in the same country as I do.
The Land of Plenty.

Life is so full and can fill our thoughts and cloud our vision to such an extent that we miss seeing the simple gifts that should be evident every day.

Once we do see them, I believe that we need to realize that we did not gain all of them under our own power.

To be thankful means that there is someone to thank.
Someone cared enough to share....

Their time and energy.
Their resources and abilities.

I have much for which to be thankful and many to thank.
The list is long.

I try to make it a practice of expressing thanks every day and not just once a year.  However, I am certain that I miss the opportunity more than I can to think!

Of course, there is One who really deserves all the thanks for every detail.
The purpose of the very first Thanksgiving Day was for the purpose of setting aside a time to thank Him and to celebrate His blessings.

It is because of Him that anyone anywhere is moved to be kind and caring.
It is because of Him that we have the strength and ability to do anything for ourselves or others.
Hey, we cannot even take another breath apart from Him.

Many will celebrate this day, but I wonder how many will turn their eyes and hearts in gratitude to the One Who makes it all possible.

Psalm One Hundred is known as a Psalm of Thanksgiving.  The words are a fitting close to this posting.

"Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth.  Serve the LORD with gladness; come before Him with joyful singing.  Know that the LORD Himself is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.  Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise.  Give thanks to Him; bless His Name.  For the LORD is good; His loving kindness is everlasting, and His faithfulness to all generations."

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