Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Greetings!

We will resume our normal devotional format on Friday, but I wanted to take a moment to send you a note during this special time of the year to let you know that I am so thankful for you, dear reader. When writing to the Thessalonian Church, Paul said these words: “We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers.” — (1 Thessalonians 1:2).

As people begin to get ready for the “Christmas rush” and all that goes with it, it seems in the Providence of God that we have a season of Thanksgiving prior to all that the Christmas season brings with it. This is such a good thing. As sinners saved by the grace and the mercy of God, we know a thankfulness that exceeds any mere secular thankfulness. A Christian Thanksgiving is a deeply theological act. 

Abraham Lincoln, in the Thanksgiving proclamation of 1863, said:
“It has seemed to me fit and proper that [the gifts of God should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens … to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.”
My prayer is that you will have a very Happy Thanksgiving — and remember that giving thanks is one of the most God-honoring acts any human can contemplate. In all things, give thanks to God. And may God add His richest blessings to your life during this Thanksgiving season as you continue to look to Him as the source of all blessings.
"O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His lovingkindness is everlasting." — (1 Chronicles 16:34)
Giving thanks along with you,