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November 20, 2018, 11:27 AM

November 21, 2019


“Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done.”

 

The passage above, from 1 Chronicles 16:8, is a psalm of thanks to the Lord as the Ark of the Covenant was brought back to Jerusalem. The people were excited as the ark was placed in the tent that David had erected for it. What is impressive about this is the fact that King David’s first course of action was to honor God and acknowledge His authority. David was the king but he realized that he was, even as king, accountable to God. One very important part of this passage is the instructions to “make known among the nations what He has done”. It is very important for us to be thankful. However, it is even more important for us to be thankful and to let others know the One who has blessed us.

We focus far too much of our energy toward the things we have yet to receive rather than the blessings already given to us. Are we able to say that we are truly thankful for what God has given to us? You see, a thankful heart leads to many changes in a person’s life. A thankful heart has the power to replace anger with love. A thankful heart has the power to replace the desire to dominate with the wish to be a part of the team. A thankful heart has the power to replace self-indulgence with the concern for the needs of others.

Our society has literally been taught to by-pass Thanksgiving because we are looking with such anticipation to Christmas. Yet, this is not because we are so excited about celebrating the birth of Jesus but because we are looking forward to the “stuff” we’ll get during the “winter holiday”. A very familiar hymn says it best: “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace”. There is no doubt about the correlation between our closeness to God and the feeling of being thankful. It is really not the “things” in life that are inherently bad but the attitude we have about those “things”. It really is amazing how our attitude changes as we grow closer to God. We become much less focused on us and much more focused on the needs of others.

We wish for you a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your family and be truly thankful for the many ways God has blessed you. Let us be much more concerned about sharing Thanksgiving Day with family and friends than fighting through a “Black Friday” crowd. May we all be aware of our abundant blessings and remember to “make known among the nations what He has done”!

                                                                                                                 We love you,

                                                                                                                                                       Brad and Virginia


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