Thank God for everything | Faith | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | November 27, 2016 5:00 am
Last Updated: November 22, 2016 at 11:41 am
Today, we celebrate Thanksgiving, a special time with family and friends to have dinner and reminisce about good times. For a moment, let’s forget the delectable dishes, all the trimmings, decorations, and conversations — for this is also a day to stop and reflect on how good God has been to us and what He means to each and every one of us.
As we reflect, let’s remember that we must thank God daily for everything: the good, the bad, and the indifferent. No matter what the situation, the load could have been heavier; so that is enough to say, “God I thank you.”
Every morning when I wake up, my first prayer that I send up above is, “Thank you, Lord, for another day.” I thank Him for it because He did not have to give me that blessing, so I speak it directly to Him every morning, as proclaimed in Psalm 7:17 (ESV), “I will give to the LORD the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the LORD, the Most High.”
During this Thanksgiving — and every day — I thank the Lord for my life, health, family, friends, career and the right to worship a mighty God. Every day God grants us new mercies, so we need to thank Him for those because without them, wouldn’t we be in a fix?
Sometimes we say and do things that we should not, but if we ask God’s forgiveness earnestly, He will have mercy on us. That’s why I just can’t thank Him enough, no matter what.
Just as in the Bible days, God still bestows many miracles upon us each and every day. It is our Christian obligation to not only thank Him when he gives us a miracle, whether we asked for it or not, but we must also go out and tell others what He has done. Sharing the blessings of that miracle with someone can show that person there is hope, and that God is still in the “miracle-working business!”
As you continue to reflect on this loving, giving God on this Thanksgiving Day and afterwards, share Katherine Kehler’s story of inspiration and thanks from the perspective of a cartoon character, “Are We Thankful for God’s Miracles”?
“Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, ‘Were not 10 cleansed? Where are the nine?’” (Luke 17:15-17 ESV)
“I have often thought about how exciting it will be when we get to heaven and our eyes will be opened to all the miracles God did for us — most of which we were unaware of. We will also come to realize how many times we rationalized away many of the miracles … like the nine lepers who were healed.”
“The cartoon character, Charlie Brown, gave several suggestions as to why the nine lepers never returned to Jesus to give thanks. They reveal a whole lot about human nature:
“One man waited to see if the cure was real. One waited to see if it would last. One said he would see Jesus later. One decided that he had never really had leprosy. One said he would have gotten well anyway. One gave the glory to the priests. One said, ‘O, well, Jesus didn’t really do anything.’ One said, ‘Any rabbi could have done it.’ One said, ‘I was already much improved.’”
“Think about it … are we thanking God for all He has done and is doing for [us]? Or are we, like the lepers, rationalizing away God’s miracles?”
“Father, would you please give us an attitude of gratitude — every day? Thank You! Amen.”
Everyone, have a loving, giving, thankful and blessed Thanksgiving today and every day, and never leave home without Him!
(Anna Bright is a minister and educator in Walterboro. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)