A thanksgiving is a thank-you. How often do we forget to say a meaningful “thank you” along with a reason why we are thankful? Otherwise, the words become automatic and lose their impact.
Purchased cards with just a signature let others know we are thinking of them, but the message is not ours. We let something else speak for us.
Jesus wondered about this business of saying, “Thank you.” Ten were cleaned; only one returned to give thanks. What happened to the nine? In their exuberance of being healed and sharing that joy with others, they forgot what is required – to give thanks.
This day of Thanksgiving, for many, is a day of parades, football, and food. We surely
will be grateful for something – family, friends, health, and then there is God. So, how do we express thanks to God who has done wonderful things?
Notice our joy when we give something to someone and see it in their face. God would be so pleased to see our joy, not happiness, but the joy in the Lord in our lives. God’s pleasure and ours are one. We would be so close to God that we would disappear. And go at our lives living a joyful song.
A true thanksgiving brings us closer to everyone. The joy of the table in our homes comes from the joy of that table of the Lord.
This is the only truth to seek.
A joyful Thanksgiving Day to one and all.
Every day will I bless you, and I will praise your name forever and ever. (Psalm 145:1)