“I will praise God’s name with a song and glorify Him with Thanksgiving”. (Psalm 69:30)
It’s a very biblical thing to set aside days for special significance. The Torah is complete with the days, and the instructions, for how the Hebrew people were to celebrate them. This post is not an instruction on how you best ought to celebrate it, because we all have our own traditions and customs. Probably the only thing most have in common is scrumptious food, and that also will have many distinctions. The other is that it is a day set aside for thanksgiving to God (or should be).
We all have many things to be thankful for. These too will be different with each person with some similarities. I want to list some of the reasons why I am thankful.
1) I’m thankful that at the age of twelve God convicted me of my sins and showed me I was deficient. That without dealing with them sufficiently my life would not end well. I saw that Jesus had come to deal with man’s sin problem, and that through Him only could I ever be fully pardoned, forgiven, free from them. By the moving of the Holy Spirit I trusted Him to be my sin bearer, Saviour, and Messiah. I have had hope ever since.
2) I’m thankful for the wife of 43 years that God gave me and our 5 children, 13 grandchildren, and now 3 great grandchildren. I have truly been blessed beyond what I deserve.
3) I am thankful that God has blessed me in this world, and not only in heaven, even though that would have been plenty. God certainly blessed the work of my hands in a phenomenal way and has allowed many earthly benefits which I pray will have eternal consequences for many. I’m thankful to have been able to help many people with physical and spiritual blessings and still can. It truly is a blessing to me to be able to go when God says go and not have to think about finances. He truly has made me a free man unto Him.
4) I’m thankful that He is using me in ministry for a people He burdened me for decades ago and the open door to be able to do this on a world wide basis. He has prepared me many years for this time and I’m truly thankful for it.
5) I’m thankful for my many friends that are all over the world. There are so many I would never try to name you all. And I have some right here reading this post. I am truly grateful for each and everyone and the joy you have been in my life.
6) I’m thankful for so many things I can never list them all which makes none of them of less importance. Some of my seemingly small things are really quite important to me. Like my wonderful study that I’m sitting in writing this, sitting in the middle of the country looking out onto beautiful pastures fron two large windows. I truly am a blessed man and take none of the credit for any of it, but give all of the credit and glory to God. PRAISE BE HIS HOLY NAME.
What things are you thankful for?
I want to wish each of you a most wonderful THANKSGIVING, and may you enjoy each word of conversation, and bite of wonderful food. I love you all!!!
Shalom, until next time, Lord willing,