Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.Psalm 100:4 (NLT)
As I write this, we are two months away from another Thanksgiving holiday. For many, Thanksgiving is a much looked forward to holiday full of family, friends, food, and maybe some football. It is a time to gather together and reconnect on a special level. It is meant to be a joy-filled time.
For many others, Thanksgiving is a real pain. They don’t like their family, or they aren’t getting along. People are always fighting. We miss those that are no longer with us. Many have lost their homes to tragedy and will need to celebrate in a strange place. The dog steals the Thanksgiving turkey. Whatever the case may be, this particular holiday can feel like a burden rather than a blessing to many of us.
Regardless of how you may feel about our national holiday here in the USA, it provides a chance to take stock of what is good. However, a true Thanksgiving needs to be offered up more than once per year. In fact, it should be anytime we come into communion with Christ. As our verse today states, “Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.” In other words, every day is an opportunity to give thanks and praise to Jesus. He certainly has given us plenty to be thankful for.
As we approach this Thanksgiving holiday, hit the pause button for a bit. Grab a piece of paper and begin to write down the things that you are thankful for. It doesn’t matter how big or small the thing may be (both literally and figuratively), write it down, you’ve got time. When you fill the page, flip it over and write more on the back. If you fill that, grab another piece of paper and keep writing. There are thousands of things to be thankful for, many we often take for granted. When you’ve finished your list, share it with others – both in person and on social media (as appropriate). Let’s flood this week with thankfulness and praise to our God.
As we prepare to close one year, and move on to another, make a commitment to regularly spend time each week, or even day, taking stock of what you should be thankful for. Offer up a prayer of endless thanksgiving to our God.
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