We’re four days away from Thanksgiving here in the United States, and since the fourth Thursday in November is late in the month this year, we’ve had lots of time to prepare ourselves for a celebration of gratitude.
How are you doing?
I will confess to a certain grumpiness over the collision of holidays ahead with Thanksgiving weekend bumping into the first Sunday of Advent, leaving us searching for a Christmas tree with turkey leftovers languishing in the fridge. It doesn’t take much to derail gratitude, and Paul lamented its lack and then described the symptoms in his letter to Rome:
…although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”
Futile, foolish, and dark.
If you sense any of this in your own attitude, give thanks instead. Honor God by acknowledging his attributes. Recognize his glory. He is the originator of every good thing. If we miss this, we miss our purpose on this planet.
Feel free to get started making your list here in the comments. I’ll go first with a quality lifted from Romans 1:19: I’m grateful that God has made himself known to us. He could have loved us from a distance and never let us know!
Okay, now it’s your turn.
“Lord, we thank you…”
Happy Thanksgiving Day to you and yours.
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