The Not-So-Forgotten Holiday
by Linda Veath
A friend and I were discussing Thanksgiving recently and reached an agreement that it has become the “forgotten holiday.” Sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas, it serves more as a jumping off point for frenzied Christmas shopping. With football thrown in for good measure, of course.
But maybe this forgotten holiday is a missed opportunity. One that could help us shed God’s light.
- Maybe it’s time for us to pause (really PAUSE!) and look at all our blessings.
- Maybe it’s time to look into God’s Word to see what our true blessings are.
- Maybe it’s time to share our blessings with others. And praise God in the process.
After all, Psalm 69:30 says:
I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with Thanksgiving. (KJV)
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That’s right. When we take time to offer thanksgiving for our Lord’s gifts to us, we are magnifying His name. Maybe that should be our goal this Thanksgiving — to magnify the Lord! And if we do that, the Thanksgiving holiday won’t be so forgotten after all.
Gracious Lord, Giver of all things, we thank you for our blessings — family and friends, shelter and food, protection and healing, freedom and opportunity. Even more, we thank You for Your love that knows no bounds, Your faithfulness that endures forever, Your mercies which are new every morning. And most of all we thank You for the gift of Your Son Jesus, who gave His life as a ransom for all, that our sins might be forgiven. May we shine brightly with Christ’s love this Thanksgiving as we seek to magnify Thy name and remember all your blessings. In the glorious name of Jesus, AMEN.
MAY YOU ALL HAVE A BLESSED THANKSGIVING!