Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him. ~ Psalm 95:2 (NLT)
We are nearing the day here in the United States where families gather together to enjoy some quality time together, stuff themselves with a ton of food, and then maybe watch some football, parade, movie, or just take a long winter’s nap. A lot of families have traditions when it comes to celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday. For example, I have friends who play a game of football, no matter the weather outside, before they get to enjoy the feast. I guess it’s their way of feeling less guilty about consuming a gazillion calories! I have other friends who make popcorn and watch a movie on Thanksgiving night. It’s the same movie they’ve watched on that particular night for over a decade. Still, other friends volunteer every Thanksgiving at a homeless shelter to help those who don’t have a family feast to attend. Some date back multiple generations. Others are brand new, as a couple becomes one family. Never-the-less, our holidays can be chock full of traditions.
However, within those traditions, which are wonderful for family bonding, we must never forget the most important part of this holiday: Thankfulness. Really, this holiday is an opportunity to hit the pause button on life for a bit, take stock of the good things we each have, and give thanks for them. If you have a meal, a roof over your head, or breath in your lungs, you have a reason to give thanks.
Giving thanks also needs to extend beyond our humanness. We must never forget to give thanks to the One who has given us everything. He gives us each life. He loves us unconditionally. He paid the eternal penalty for our sins. He roots for us every step of our life. He is leading us home to a glorious eternity without sickness, pain, misery, sorrow, or death. Jesus is truly worthy of our thanksgiving!
But, I want to challenge each of us. Let’s not only give thanks to God once per year, or even one day per week. Instead, let us give thanks every day. As our verse today points out, “Let us come to him with thanksgiving. Let us sing psalms of praise to him.”
Today, and every day, live a life of thanksgiving to Jesus. Praise Him for all that He has already done, and all that He promises to do. Make that a daily tradition of thanksgiving.