Happy Thanksgiving! (2014)
My favorite time of year is Autumn. One reason is the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables at this time of year. And with all this abundance, this is a good time of the year to slow down and consider all the blessings we have received this past year. This is especially true of anyone who lives in the United States of America.
We Americans are even fortunate to have a holiday set aside by our forefathers that recognizes that all good things have been granted by Providence, that is, the God who created all things and provides for all.
One of my favorite prayers of thanksgiving in the Bible was prayed by King David:
Wherefore David blessed the LORD before all the congregation:
and David said,
“Blessed be thou, LORD God of Israel our father,
for ever and ever.
Thine, O LORD,
is the greatness, and the power, and the glory,
and the victory, and the majesty:
for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine;
thine is the kingdom, O LORD,
and thou art exalted as head above all.
Both riches and honour come of thee,
and thou reignest over all;
and in thine hand is power and might;
and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.
Now therefore, our God,
we thank thee,
and praise thy glorious name.”
(1Ch 29:10-13 KJV)
Take some time this week, this season to not only consider and enjoy the blessings God has given you, but to thank Him.
How can you thank Him?
Besides giving Him thanks, call on Him in prayer. Ask that you might know Him and love Him more this Christmas season and in the new year.
If you are looking for more, start reading a chapter or two of the New Testament in any Bible as often as you can. The Creator had the 66 books of the Bible written by 40 different authors over a period of two thousand years for us to read and get to know Him.
May the Lord,
who has been so gracious to all of us,
bless you and your families and friends
throughout this Holiday Season
and in 2015.