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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

November Thanksgivings

I love that more and more people are spending the whole month of November intentionally giving thanks. Advent is coming, but let us not surrender November to Christmas celebration, but let it be Christmas preparation by remaining a month of thanksgiving, capped off with the wonderful feast-day of the Thanksgiving holiday itself, which then turns our eyes toward Advent.

With thanksgiving on my mind, it seems that every word of thanks that appears in my daily Bible reading seems to jump off the page at me. And I'm noticing something.

Biblical thanksgiving always flows from the observation of the works of the LORD.

"I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, . . .
Great are the works of the LORD,
studied by all who delight in them. . .

The works of his hands are faithful and just
all his precepts are trustworthy." (Psalm 111:1,2, 7)

"We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing." (2 Thessalonians 1:3)

With Christ, giving thanks is an act of worship, of praise, of submission to the Almighty God, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

Without Him, it could be a list of self-congratulation. A Pollyanna glad-game. A band-aid over the wound of life's search for meaning.

With Christ, a month of studying His works and giving Him thanks for them prepares us to celebrate the greatest work of all, the hinge-point of history that is Christmas. God with us.

For those without Him, perhaps a month of giving thanks will prepare hearts to unwrap the gift of Hope and Peace with God this Christmas.

1 comment:

Quotidian Life said...

"Biblical thanksgiving always flows from the observation of the works of the LORD."

Thank you, Amy, for making this very important point. I shared it with my daughter, too. It will help us to re-focus our thanks.

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