Thanksgiving Blessings

Psalm 136:1 (ESV) Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.

What have you experienced recently which brings you to your knees in gratitude before the Lord? How many of you have found that your daily routine (even in the weirdness of these times) is often a sprint to the next big family event or activity, and in the rush, you can miss that divine, providential hand constantly at work around us? The holidays are certainly moments where our gracious God draws us into heartwarming family gatherings, filled with laughter and more delicious food than is safe for our waistlines! However, often there is a deep satisfaction or fullness that pervades our souls during these times. Yet in the hustle and bustle of making these festive get-togethers happen, are we slowing down enough to give credit where credit is due?

Thanksgiving Day can be much more than cornucopias, perfectly spiced pumpkin pies with mounds of whip cream, or succulent, herb-roasted turkey highlighted with tangy cranberry compote.

Salivating yet?

Intrinsic to giving “thanks,” is to testify both privately, and publically, to the lone source of all our blessings. Our enjoyment of food is simultaneously an enjoyment of God. “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good!” At an even more fundamental level, it is to acknowledge the Lord IS life, and what is spread so lavishly before us is pure grace. Believe it or not, being convicted in our sin makes our appreciation of what we have that much greater, because we realize we are unworthy of so much. Perhaps you are beginning to see how such an attitude reflects on our salvation in Christ. Listen to how Isaiah makes this blindingly evident in the following passage. While you don’t hear the name “Jesus” or specific reference to “the Christ,” we know it is the “Living Water” he is referring to. His appreciation/thanksgiving for this salvation is so great, it must be uplifted in song unto the Lord and shared to the whole world!

Isa 12:1-6 (ESV) You will say in that day: “I will give thanks to you, O Lord, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me. “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth. …

As you encircle the thanksgiving table, savor the aroma of the indescribably scrumptious meal to come, look carefully at the faces of those you love around you, note the chair you’re sitting in, the roof above your head, the feeling and comfort of the clothes you are wearing, and pause to give thanks to God for your overflowing abundance and unmerited life. All of these gifts speak to the unsearchable riches we receive in Christ.

Oh yeah, don’t forget to share it!

In thanksgiving and love,

John