Psalm 118:24 states, “This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” And on this Thanksgiving Day I have so much about which I can rejoice. In fact, I have reason to rejoice every day of my life.
Many families have a tradition of going around the table, each person expressing what he or she is thankful for on Thanksgiving. I made sure I carried on this tradition with my own kids. Thanksgiving is a good day to remember our good fortunes. But God is good to us every day and we should remember to thank Him every day.
Matthew 6:26 reminds us to “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?” When my spinal cord injury happened we had three teenage boys living at home. Not only had I lost my job but my medical expenses were astronomical. And yet God made sure we ate every single day. He sent people to us with food, already prepared, so that our boys would not go hungry. This blessing continued for months. I am so thankful to my Father in heaven for that!
Psalm 136:1 tells us, “O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever.” In so many ways God has shown me His mercy throughout my life. One of the things that the pastor of my youth used to say, that I loved, was when he’d gently admonish young mothers who were upset with their kids. “A little mercy, Mom” he’d say. What a great way to remind us we should show others the mercy that God grants to us! I’m so thankful that God is so merciful.
But most importantly I’m thankful that God chose to send Jesus to us. No matter what we did or how we lived we’d be lost without Jesus. Ephesians 2:8-9 make it so clear. “For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of ourselves. It is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
One of the most beloved verses in the Bible is John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” We are reminded that we will have everlasting life through Jesus. As I grow older I know that I’m never going to die. My body will give out but my spirit will live on forever thanks to the sacrifice Jesus made for me. I cannot die. I will only change my address. There is nothing that I can be more thankful for than knowing that I am a child of God through Christ Jesus.
So on this Thanksgiving Day as I thank God for time with my family and the great food and fun I will remember to thank Him first for the gift of Jesus.
Happy Thanksgiving, my friends!