By Mike Baker
The leaves are falling, the days are
shorter and time is nearing to gather with family and loved
ones to have a period of thanksgiving. All
school children learn the story of our American
Thanksgiving, complete with the Indians, Pilgrims, and
bountiful harvest of food. We also soon learn to associate
Thanksgiving with many other things‑turkey, football,
parades, visits to grandparents, time off from work, etc.
Having been so blessed to live in such a
country, we sometimes overlook or fail to fully appreciate
all that we have. Having a time of the year when everyone
pauses to be thankful is a good thing. But the commercialism
of this time of year also seems to overshadow the basic
concept of the holiday. That is, of course, to thank God.
David wrote in Ps. 34:1‑2, "I will bless
the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my
mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the LORD; The humble
shall hear of it and be glad."
For the faithful child of God,
thanksgiving is always on his lips as he praises God.
Knowing that we have been forgiven from our sins, we learn
to humble ourselves and thank God frequently each day.
Later in the same Psalm, David writes,
"Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man
who trusts in Him! Oh fear the LORD, you His saints! There
is no want to those who fear Him. The young lions lack and
suffer hunger; But those who seek the LORD shall not lack
any good thing." Ps. 34:8‑10.
Let us resolve to be thankful to God each
and every day for all that we have‑our health, our families,
our friends, our employment, our relationship with God
through Jesus, etc. Let us also resolve to
encourage others around us to do so as well.
Paul writes in 2 Cor. 9:10‑11, "now may
He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food,
supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the
fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in
everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving
through us to God."
"Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us
exalt His name together." Ps. 34:3. "Thanks be to God for
His indescribable gift!" 2 Cor. 9:15.
‑ Mike Baker, Lewisburg, TN; via
The Encourager, the
weekly bulletin for the Calvert City church of Christ,
Calvert City, KY. Lance Cordle preaches for the
congregation. He may be contacted through the
congregation's website: http://www.calvertchurchofchrist.com