Those two words seem to be on the endangered list today. In
a society that is increasingly “me” oriented and glutted with technology and
possessions, it is increasingly rare to hear people simply say, “Thanks.” It is
easy to take blessings for granted.
To how many people is this Thursday simply “Turkey Day”?
Christians should certainly be the ones to lead the way in offering thanks.
Indeed, we have the most to be thankful for. We count our blessings not only in
the abundance of provision and possession, but also in the great spiritual
blessings that have been bestowed upon us.
It starts here: “Thanks be to God for His indescribable
gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15, NASB). The gift of salvation through Jesus Christ
is our greatest possession.
Possessing this eternal gift, we should find it no challenge
to “always give thanks” as the apostle Paul urged believers (Ephesians 5:20),
and to give thanks “for all things,” even our smallest blessings.
It’s also important for our thanksgiving to be enthusiastic:
“I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart; I will tell of all Thy
wonders,” says the Psalmist (Psalm 9:1).
One of the easiest ways to witness is to simply talk about
the good things God has done for you. Every Thanksgiving gathering should have
a time to verbalize God’s goodness.
This Thursday when our family comes to this time, we’ll
include a very special word of praise. The Lord has brought us through a time
of testing that began last December when my wife, Peggy, was diagnosed with
breast cancer. Since then she has had surgery, extensive chemotherapy and
radiation. And she is cancer free.
And, Lord, we just want to say, “Thank You.”
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