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November 14, 2017, 10:54 AM

November 14, 2017


“All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.”  2 Corinthians 4:15            

How often do we miss Thanksgiving?  Sure, we get a day off, eat turkey, and watch ballgames but are we truly thankful?  Our culture has become obsessed with Halloween and then the focus becomes Christmas.  Of course, the celebration of Christmas has become so secularized that we miss the real meaning of the season (yes, Christians too).  However, that is a topic for another time.  Why celebrate Thanksgiving?  It’s just the real start date for Christmas shopping … right?  Although this year the advertising is already all about “black Friday” prices before “black Friday”.  That is sad.  We will never understand or celebrate Thanksgiving until we experience thanks-living and that comes from a life of contentment.

            Over the past few weeks I have been reading some very interesting articles about Thanksgiving.  This week I would like to share a few thoughts and quotes from some of the articles.

            “Thanksgiving only becomes thanks-living when joy in the blessings given from above overflows into the blessings given all around.”

            “Thanksgiving only becomes thanks-living when the thanks for His vertical, coming-down grace is expressed as a horizontal, reaching-out grace.”

            “Thanksgiving only becomes thanks-living when thanksgiving to God overflows into a joy of giving.”

            “The joy of giving thanks is ultimately expressed in the joy of giving.”

            “Grateful people search for the good while everyone else finds the bad.”

            “In the midst of the negative experiences of life, grateful people actively seek the positive, identify it, and recount it for others to hear.”

            “Life would be radically different if we lived in a constant state of gratitude.”

 

            As we approach Thanksgiving, let us not get carried away by the rush to Christmas.  Enjoy what Thanksgiving is all about.  Yes, we have entered the “season of giving” but shouldn’t that be the case throughout the year?  May we truly experience the joy of giving not because we are obligated to someone or feel the need to return a favor but because we desire to give to those who are neglected, lonely or hurting.  We probably all have more than we could possibly use so let’s share with others and experience a season of thanks-living!

 

                                                                                                We love you,

                                                                                                Brad and Virginia


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