"O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever." Psalm 107:1
What other words could I turn to on this day? It is just about Thanksgiving day. This particular psalm is a long one, and carries with it the title (at least in the Bible I am looking at) "Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Many Troubles". One day for such recollection and thanksgiving is not enough, but it is a good start. Sometimes we need to be reminded (Now what do you say?) and sometimes we can get so lost in those troubles that thanksgiving may be far from our minds. And so there is a need for us to deliberately take the time, to slow down, to look around, to even let our minds drift through the whole of our lives, and consider the things that we can give thanks for.
And as we do that, may we also consider again how we can live out our thanksgiving in the lives of those who are not as blessed as us. To be a blessing to others is a grand way to give thanks. Just looking at some pictures on the Social Concerns bulletin board, and in one of those pictures there are boxes of food sitting around the altar, food that went out that very day to folks in this community. That picture says well that the things that we do for others are indeed gifts that we offer to God.
Enjoy the day, the food, the family, whatever gifts are yours. And in thanksgiving may those gifts be even more enjoyable.
"Almighty God our Creator, your generous goodness comes to us new every day. By the work of your Spirit lead us to acknowledge your goodness, give thanks for your benefits, and serve you in willing obedience, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen."
This evening; 5:30 pm Thanksgiving Pie Social
6:30 pm Joyous Light Evening Worship Service