When I got home from work the other day, our 5 year old granddaughter, Sophie, greeted me at the door. She excitedly proceeded to tell me that she had a new Indian name and that my name was now “Bear” (as in “Papa Bear”?) Then she went on and on about how the Indians lived and hunted and taught the early settlers how to grow crops, etc., etc. It was clear to me that her Pre-K class had been studying about Thanksgiving. My mind began to recall some amazingly vivid memories of grade school and all the exciting ways we would gear up for Thanksgiving…cornucopias, bright red and yellow leaves (that’s right…in Arkansas in the Fall, the leaves actually change to colors other than brown), putting on plays about the Pilgrims…what an exciting time!
But at it’s core, Thanksgiving isn’t just the name of an American holiday. Thanksgiving is actually an attitude followed by an action. It’s kind of hard to explain without using this scripture: Ps. 50:23 “He who sacrifices thank offerings (thanksgiving) honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.” Or here’s my translation:
Now THAT’S what I’m talkin’ about! The thanksgiving which flows from my heart and out of my mouth blesses God and brings me closer to him. And as if that weren’t enough, my thanksgiving opens the door for God to act on my behalf where ever I have need! I mean, Autumn leaves and turkeys and Squanto and Pilgrims are great. But God wants to use our hearts and expressions of thanksgiving as sort of a pathway over which He brings deliverance, provision, and oneness with Himself. Man…
So let’s make a huge deal out of Thanksgiving…really and truly and from way down deep, thanking God like crazy. He is SO worth it!!!
And while we’re on the subject, I want you to know that I’m thanking God for you, and for getting to be part church which is focused on loving God and loving each other. It is a big-time privilege to serve you and the Caleb Zone!
Very GRATEFULLY yours,