Remember the holiday formerly known as Thanksgiving? If it seems like a distant childhood memory, you’re not alone. The whole thing’s been relegated to a couple of shelves of decorative leaves, gourds and pumpkins in chain stores.
I get it. There’s nothing “sexy” about Thanksgiving from a marketing perspective. There’s no candy or gift-giving as my daughter astutely pointed out. It’s just about, well…thankfulness.
For me, it’s about remembering God’s goodness, faithfulness and provision, which is challenging in this cultural landscape. Complaining is so commonplace, it’s easy to forget we’ve been loaded down with benefits. I’m prone to it too, so I took to Twitter this month tweeting, almost daily, just one thing I’m thankful for. You know why?
Thankfulness isn’t natural, so it must be intentional.
That small gesture went so far in changing my perspective. Thanksgiving sensitizes me to Jesus’ daily outpouring of grace. I’m reminded I have so much to be thankful for! I AM blessed and so are you.
A Psalm of David. Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
(And that’s just the first five verses! Do yourself a favor and read the rest.)
You read this entire post. That’s another thing I’m thankful for! If you care to share what you’re thankful for, feel free to in the comments below.