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Thanksgiving Blessings

I’ve been quiet for far too long (more about that soon), but didn’t want to miss the opportunity to wish all of you a blessed Thanksgiving. I’ve come to realize that Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love autumn in California. I love the fellowship. I love the food. And I love the reminders to be thankful, both historically and present tense.  Yep, I love Thanksgiving.

I'm thankful for Jesus -- the Light of the World

I’m thankful for Jesus — the Light of the World                                                                           Photo Credit: Chris Potako

We have so much to be thankful for in this nation. We’ve just experienced, or are experiencing, one of the greatest of these – the peaceful transition of government. Sure, it’s been a little rocky this year, but seriously, we still have so many freedoms that are unique both in today’s world and in history. And folks, we have these freedoms because of the blessings of God.

And we have a responsibility to pray for our government – whether we like the players or not. The reality is, some of us have not been happy with the present administration, and some of us will not be happy with the next administration. But if we are Christ-followers, that doesn’t relieve us of the obligation — yes, obligation – to pray for those in authority over us (Rom. 13:1, 1 Tim. 2:1-2) – whether we agree with them or not. It is the prayers of the Church, the prayers of the saints, that will give us a peaceable and quiet life. So may I encourage each of us to pause this Thanksgiving, and every day, to pray for our leaders – outgoing and incoming. To pray for peace in our land. To pray for the electoral process to proceed peaceably as it has for 228 years. To pray that the hidden forces of darkness be hindered. To pray that the Church will move into its God-ordained position in the country.

But most of all, may I encourage each of us to thank God for the privilege of living, here and now. To thank him for the many blessings, tangible and intangible, that we enjoy. To thank him for our nation and the freedoms we enjoy. To thank him — just because…

So friends, enjoy the turkey, the pie, the autumn leaves, and the fellowship. But while you are enjoying, remember to thank our heavenly Father for all of his many blessings.

This Thanksgiving, Practice Gratitude

Well, I had planned to do a complete series on the importance of gratitude, but life came crashing in. Again. So that series will have to come later. But I can’t let this Thanksgiving holiday pass without at least a few words about what I’ve learned about gratitude.

Praise Him for His Marvelous Works! Misty Sunset

Praise Him for His Marvelous Works!
Photo Credit: Rennett Stowe

I didn’t used to be a grateful person. In fact, I was pretty cynical and thankless. I would complain about everything. I was crabby. I was pretty unpleasant to be around. Then I started a gratitude project, working with a ministry client. We would email one another ten things per day that we were grateful for. Yep, ten things. No repeats. Every day. We’ve been at it for a couple of years now.

It was hard. Very hard. And still is. Sometimes we struggle to find ten things. But we were consistent. And little by little, we became grateful. And as we did, our attitudes changed. Our countenances changed. We became more pleasant to be around. And our hearts changed. Our joy increased.

So this Thanksgiving, I invite you to find a strategy for increasing your gratitude. We serve a good and gracious God who has blessed us with freedom, abundance, beauty, and grace. No matter your circumstances, there is much for which we can be grateful. So this Thanksgiving, I wish you gratitude.

In All Things, Give Thanks

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