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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: Renewing Thanksgiving

By Ken Horn
Nov. 24, 2013

How to make the celebration of Thanksgiving new and fresh? A good question. It’s easy to get into ruts, especially with something we do every year.

Many of you will have the same traditional meal. Some will watch the same traditional football games at the same traditional gatherings. A lot of what goes on is so ingrained we miss out on what the occasion really stands for.

The celebration of Thanksgiving has been going on since before the United States existed.

But at the core of Thanksgiving is something even older — God’s faithfulness to His people. The Bible is absolutely packed with thanksgiving. That’s a hint that our lives should be likewise filled with genuine gratefulness. Giving thanks should never become routine.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever” (Psalm 106:1, NIV).

We thank God for who He is, for His goodness, and for what He’s done — for all of His expressions of love to us.

There is one tradition that must never become routine. Not everyone does this, but no sincere celebration of thanksgiving should be without it. The tradition is taking time at some point during the day for everyone in the family to share some of the things they are thankful for.

Yes, these times can be predictable and lackluster. But more often they are delightful and moving. We have a way of taking blessings for granted, until we are pressed to think of them. (Last summer Peggy and I became very thankful for air conditioning ... when ours went out during a heat wave.)

This practice is good year-round, and in smaller groups. Husbands and wives benefit from this. And even as individuals we should practice making verbal or written lists of things big and small that God has done for us.

Thanksgiving even carries emotional, psychological and health benefits with it. It just does you good to give thanks ... to anyone. But especially to God.

No celebration of Thanksgiving that includes Christians should ever be boring!

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Ken Horn

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