Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving. Is it a meal, or is it a holiday? Or is it a holiday known for its meal? Or is it just possibly, for some, an attitude?

I am afraid that for the majority of Americans, Thanksgiving Day is no different than any other day of the year in respect to their treatment of the Creator of the universe. In other words, there will be little or no thought given to the one who gives us everything. Oh, perhaps a grandpa or an uncle who grew up when life was different will bow his head and give thanks for the meal at the family get together, but that is about it. Many will not even hear those words because they are so intent on the feast that follows.

In fact, the politically correct way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to say you are thankful for blessings all the while being careful not to mention to who it is that you are thankful. That way random chance gets just as much glory as the King of kings and Lord of lords.

But, I would like to offer a suggestion for this Thanksgiving Day. Let's give thanks where thanks is due. Let's try to adopt the attitude displayed in the following:

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Psalm 100

3 comments:

Mike Petri said...

Thanks for the reminder. I get tired of get togethers with so many people who do not acknowledge where their gift of life came from. Sometimes I am a tired grumpy old fart. Which means I let others steal my joy. I just wrote a post on my blog about todays events. Well I will now go in with a different attitude.

Dennis said...

I posted similar thoughts on my blog this morning. I guess great minds think alike :-) Happy Thanksgiving!

St.Lee said...

As it so happens, both of these replies are from people who I am thankful(to God) to have for readers. Thanks guys, you are always an encouragement to me!