30 Days of Thanksgiving

30 Days of Thanksgiving“Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!” (Ps 100:4)

“As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving” (Col 2:6-7)

I can’t believe it’s already November — well, I know it’s not really November (not until midnight anyway), but time flies so rapidly these days. November is a packed month: Election Day (I’ll be glad when all those ads are off TV), Veteran’s Day (Armistice Day), the anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy, my parents’ wedding anniversary, Black Friday, and Thanksgiving. The commercialization of Christmas has taken away much of the richness of Thanksgiving, and I hate that. I love Thanksgiving: the turkey, the stuffing (white bread, thank you very much), the pies, the football, and the family. But, Thanksgiving has always been intended as a day in which our nation pauses to thank the Creator for His bountiful gifts.

When life doesn’t go exactly as we planned, I believe it’s even more important to thank God for His blessings. No matter what struggles we have, God is still good, God is still love, and God is still on His throne. I recognize it’s nearly impossible for some people to grasp God’s goodness, love, and reign, but that bedrock of faith has gotten me through many a dark night. For the next 30 days of November, I plan to list 30 things for which I am thankful. Each day, including Saturday and Sunday, I’ll write about a specific blessing God has given me. He has been so very good to me, and I want to thank Him for His goodness and His love. I want you to come with me on this journey in order that you might also give thanks unto God. Come and walk with me in the paths of thanksgiving — we’ll find that God will walk with us there just as He has walked with me in the past.

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