Sometimes it seems as though we have more holidays and days to celebrate people and events than there are days on the calendar. But this month contains a national holiday that has special religious significance. This special day has been set aside for us to pause, ponder, praise, pray, and give thanks to God for His many blessings.
Many families will gather together and share stories of God’s love, mercy, grace, and salvation. They will talk of God’s peace and presence in their lives, and tell of His goodness and guidance, hope and healing, power and protection. God’s generous blessings will be the most important topic of their discussions. He will be honored!
There will also be families where God will not be respected or mentioned. It is not that thanks will be absent, but God will not be recognized or respected as the giver of all gifts. They will focus on what they have, have accomplished or achieved - believing that they have “done it on my own.” They will not recognize His gifts.
Some families will resent the day because they feel short-changed or even forgotten by God. They have had trials too tragic to share and losses too great to describe. Their lives seem hopeless with nothing before them but darkness. The consequences of wrong choices have left them scarred for life. However, God still loves them!
But, everyone can join the Psalmist and say, “Praise the Lord and give Him thanks!” - Even those who feel hopeless and ungrateful. Why? This verse talks of His mercy which is always available to everyone: the humble, the proud, and the resentful.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord! You have given us so very much. Yet, we ask for and need one more thing: A thankful heart! Please fill our hearts with gratitude. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. Psalm 105:1
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