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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

11/24/11 Give Thanks

1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his[a];
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations. (Psalm 100)

(Freedom from Want- Norman Rockwell)

Thoughts: When we are blessed, we should not forget the One who blesses.  One of the subtle purposes of coming to worship as a habit is to remind ourselves that we need to thank God.  There was an article in the AARP magazine this month on how to avoid giving thanks during Thanksgiving.  But thanking God is an important act for anyone.  It reminds us we do not do it ourselves.  We have someone to ultimately thank.  Living life is not just a meaningless pat on our own backs.  Deep inside of us we want to rejoice in our Maker, and give thanks to Him for whatever we have in life, rejoicing in life itself. In the first and second feasts of the pilgrims, they had been through a terrible famine and time of disease that killed many of their family members and friends.  But finally, they learned how to grow things (thanks to the American Indian) and God provided rain.  Perhaps in a recession, it is good to pause and take stock of what God has done for us who are surviving it.

Prayer: This Thanksgiving we remember those who have little.  We rejoice in what we have, and ask that you would help us to remember those who have little this day.

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