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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thankful for--and More

Photo by: AResiek

On social media in the month of November, many Christians are naming something they’re thankful for each day: husband, family, children, home, food (You’d be surprised how many mention food!), etc. Then, as the month goes on, you get: Bible, church, salvation, etc.

It’s a great exercise, this thankfulness. I’m reminded of the book Ten Thousand Gifts, where the author writes down all kinds of things she is thankful for, especially beautiful things, like the colors on bubbles. We would all do well to cultivate looking for our blessings, writing them down, if only making the list in our hearts.

Thanksgiving week is upon us, and our thoughts go to the meal. I need to make the pies on Wednesday, decide on the final menu earlier. It’s important to decorate, to plan, to make it yummy.

And, in all this thankfulness and in all the feasting, I’m afraid the Giver gets pushed into second place.

In the THANKFUL FOR and THANKFUL TO, we might forget to WORSHIP THE GIVER. When we praise God for Who He is, we are worshiping. We’re giving Him glory.

Who is God? He’s:
Present everywhere
Totally Holy, Pure, Good, Righteous
Creator of the earth and the universe
The Author of moral law
Three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; the Three are One (Trinity)
The Author of the Bible
Planner and Source of salvation
The Resurrection and the Life
Never Changing
Just and Impartial

Maybe after the turkey, cranberry sauce, and stuffing, we could take a few minutes to consciously worship the Giver, thanking Him for being our Awesome God.

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God,
be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen (1 Timothy 1:17).

And then, we’ll enjoy some pumpkin pie with big smiles in our hearts.



  1. I did the once-a-day thing during November once or twice on the blog and Facebook. It's a good practice, but if I did it every year I'd be repeating many of the same things every year, which isn't bad - we should still be thankful for them - but I just didn't feel compelled to do it every year. It is good to stop and consciously think about the One we are thankful to and for.

    1. Good for you! It's always good to make a list of things we're thankful for and to be consciously thinking of them. Thank you for your comment! Have a Happy Thanksgiving Day!


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