Thanksgiving

Psalm 105:1 Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples.

Our culture does not know what to do with Thanksgiving.  The secular media would have convulsions if it were honest about the history of Thanksgivng.  It was, and is, a day set aside to thank God; not mother earth, the Indians, Macy’s, or football, or even friends and family. It was a day for us to give God the only thing He can not get on His own- gratitude from His creatures. He is our God, and he deserves our thanks. 

Writing on the topic of worship, author Greg Laurie shares the following:

I heard the story of a woman who had finished shopping and returned to her car. She found four men inside the car. She dropped her shopping bags, drew a handgun, and screamed, "I have a gun, and I know how to use it! Get out of the car!" Those men did not wait for a second invitation; they got out and ran like crazy. The woman, somewhat shaken, loaded her shopping bags and then got into the car. But no matter how she tried, she could not get her key into the ignition. Then it dawned on her: her car was parked four or five spaces away! She loaded her grocery bags into her own car and then drove to the police station to turn herself in.

The desk sergeant to whom she told the story nearly fell off his chair laughing. He pointed to the other end of the counter, where four men were reporting a carjacking by an old woman with thick glasses and curly white hair, less than five feet tall, and carrying a large handgun. No charges were filed.

You see, she thought it was her car, but it really belonged to someone else.Sometimes we think our lives are our own, but they really belong to God.  They are a gift from God to us, to be used for Him.

Psalm 92:1 A  song for the Sabbath day. It is good to give thanks to the Lord, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; To declare Your loving kindness in the morning, And Your faithfulness every night... 

An atheist was walking through the woods, admiring all the "accidents" that evolution had created. "What majestic trees! What powerful rivers! What beautiful animals!" he said to himself. As he was walking alongside the river, he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him. Turning to look, he saw a 7-foot grizzly bear charge towards him. He ran away as fast as he could up the path. He looked over his shoulder and saw the grizzly was closing. Somehow he ran even faster, so scared that tears came to his eyes. He looked again, and the bear was even closer. His heart was pounding, and he tried to run faster. He tripped and fell to the ground. He rolled over to pick himself up, but the bear was right over him, reaching for him with its left paw and raising its right paw to strike him.

At that instant the atheist cried, "Oh my God!"

Time stopped. The bear froze. The forest was silent. Even the river stopped moving.

As a bright light shone upon the man, a voice came out of the sky, "You deny my existence for all these years, teach others that I don't exist, and even credit creation to a cosmic accident. Do you expect me to help you out of this predicament? Am I to count you as a believer?" The atheist looked directly into the light and said, "I would feel like a hypocrite to become a Christian after all these years, but perhaps you could make the bear a Christian?"

"Very well," said the voice.

The light went out. The river ran. The sounds of the forest resumed. Then the bear dropped his right paw, brought both paws together, bowed its head, and spoke: "Lord, for this food which I am about to receive, I am truly thankful."

Giving thanks to the Lord should be as normal as breathing.   There is a real God who has blessed us and helped us, and He deserves to be thanked.  Just because our culture has a problem recognizing the fact that an Intelligent Being created us, does not mean we need to honor their lack of insight and gratitude. No, our God is real and He has helped us.  I trust that you and your family will practice giving thanks to our God all year long, but especially this Thanksgiving.