Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving

Based on the number of times we are told to be thankful in the Bible, I can only surmise that it is not a natural part of our makeup. 

Our parents taught us to say "Please" and "Thank you" until it became a habit and part of our automatic response to certain situations.  It is good to teach children to be polite and kind.  It is so easy for nice treatment to go by the wayside amid frustrations.

To actually be thankful is different.  So often I take my life and all its benefits for granted,  How easy it is to focus on what I don't have than to remember how blessed I am.  It is hard for us (by this I mean me) to bring a thankful heart to all circumstances.  "in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:18

And how familiar is this word of Jesus "and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me."  Even communion, no, especially communion is a time for giving thanks.

So on this day set aside for remembering our blessings, give thanks to the One who gave us life.  One of my favorite hymns says it best.

For The Beauty of The Earth

by Folliott S. Pierpoint, 1864



For the beauty of the earth,
For the glory of the skies;
For the love which from our birth,
Over and around us lies;
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This, our hymn of grateful praise.

For the wonder of each hour,
Of the day and of the night;
Hill and vale and tree and flow'r,
Sun and moon, and stars of light;
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This, our hymn of grateful praise.

For the joy of ear and eye,
For the heart and mind's delight;
For the mystic harmony,
Linking sense to sound and sight;
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This, our hymn of grateful praise.

For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child;
Friends on Earth and friends above,
For all gentle thoughts and mild;
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This, our hymn of grateful praise.

For Thy church that evermore,
Lifteth holy hands above;
Off'ring up on ev'ry shore,
Her pure sacrifice of love;
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This, our hymn of grateful praise.

For the martyrs crown of light,
For Thy prophets eagle eye,
For Thy bold confessors might,
For the lips of infancy.
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This, our hymn of grateful praise.

For Thy virgins robes of snow,
For Thy maiden mother mild,
For Thyself, with hearts aglow,
Jesu, Victim undefiled.
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This, our hymn of grateful praise.

For Thyself, best Gift Divine,
To the world so freely given,
For that great, great love of Thine,
Peace on earth and joy in heaven.
Lord of all, to Thee we raise
This, our hymn of grateful praise.


May your Thanksgiving Day be blessed with the recognition and appreciation of all you are and all God made you.

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