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Do People Still DO Thanksgiving???

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.

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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.
Psalm 103:1-5

(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.

#thankful


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5 thoughts on “Do People Still DO Thanksgiving???”

  1. For a couple of years Thanksgiving just seemed like a remember day in my family, or like having a big family dinner. Its Essence was lost. But last year, my family went through a lot. When we came together we really cherished the time and was grateful for Gods provision and power. We were grateful to all be together again. I think we just had to get back to recognizing that we had and all that we were was because of God. Sometimes we get so consumed with self (this world teaches us that) that we forget that we should be grateful to God because it is all about Him and not us.

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    1. Well said. Sometimes simple is powerful. Simple gratitude puts things in perspective and helps us appreciate God’s goodness expressed in Christ Jesus. Thanks for sharing and for following this blog. Welcome!

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