“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15, NIV)
How do we, as Christians, say “thank you” to our loving and generous God?
We hear a lot in our great American society about fairness, entitlement, and getting what we deserve. No, this is not a political devotion; it is, however, a “devotion” to our Creator God who is never fair, never speaks of entitlement, and never gives us what we deserve! For this, every single person on earth and in America can be thankful this November as we celebrate giving thanks.
Many years ago, our family started a tradition at our Thanksgiving feast. We go around the table and invite each guest to say something for which they are grateful. The first year, by the time we made it all the way around the table, everyone was in tears, overwhelmed by the sweet comments being spoken. This is a wonderful and moving exercise. This upcoming Thanksgiving Day celebration, I would like to suggest as Christians, if we have an opportunity to speak something for which we are grateful, maybe express our thankfulness to God for Jesus, and “Every good and perfect gift [that] is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17, NIV)
The older I get (this is a runaway train!) the more in awe I am of what God has done and continues to do for me, personally. This week, in particular, I also look at our country and what the men and women who serve in the various roles do to keep America safe each and every day. To most of us, these precious peacekeepers remain nameless, although many have willingly risked and ultimately given their lives on our behalf. Today is Veteran’s Day. So, would you seek out an armed forces person, or a law enforcement person, and say “thank you” for your service? Whether as a thankful Christian and/or a thankful American, saying the words, “thank you” is fitting, anytime; do you agree?