It’s getting a bit colder outside today, the leaves have been changing colors for a few weeks now. The days are getting shorter and it reminds me that we are heading into the holiday season. A great time of giving thanks for all that God is doing in our lives. On Thanksgiving, we prepare a large feast to celebrate and enjoy time with our families and friends. We gather around and give thanks in church (Wednesday night 7 PM) and we pray for those who have less then we do. As the Psalmist so eloquently put it,
I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness;
I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High.
The world around us does not have the same sense of thankfulness, maybe they want to be grateful, but they just don’t know where to go. In movies and TV shows I have watched over the years, they sit at the thanksgiving table, talking about what they are thankful for, but not to whom they are thankful to. It’s hard to thank someone when you do not know them.
I remember sitting in a restaurant talking to a friend about Jesus, sharing my faith and being passionate about it. I did not realize that a person at a table next to us was listening to our conversation. When I asked for the bill the waitress said, “Your friends at the next table have picked up your tab. I was grateful for their blessing to me and my friend. But I did not know who to thank for their generosity. It’s great how God provides to us so freely out of His love!
So may we give thanks as Saint Paul said in Colossians chapter 1:3-6
“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people— the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace.”