Saturday, November 27, 2010

It's Always Thanksgiving

Good Saturday everyone.  I hope that everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving.  I hope that thanksgiving was the focus of your day.  I know that it is hard as there is a lot of competition.  A day meant to celebrate God's provision in our lives is filled with all-day football games, parades ending with Santa Clause, gorging ourselves until we can not fit anymore, family, friends, dessert, and planning for Black Friday.  It was supposed to be a solemn day but it has become a festive day.  There is nothing wrong with festive, but we tend to celebrate on the festivities and not what we are supposed to be celebrating.  It becomes about the football games, it becomes about parades, it becomes about the meal, it becomes about family, but all of that takes away from what that day really means.  We celebrate the turkey, we commend the one who prepared the turkey, but we forget the One who created them.  It becomes a day where we can spend a couple of hours watching a parade, 9 hours of watching football, 6 hours preparing dinner, countless hours eating and talking to family, and about 5 minutes saying grace before we eat. 

I am not saying the festivities are wrong, I am not even saying they can not be part of celebrating Thanksgiving, I am just saying that we need to do all that day in the context of giving Thanksgiving to God.  In fact, we need to do that each and every day.  Everyday we are faced with things that distract us from our walk with God and just like on Thanksgiving we need to put everything on context of our relationship with God.  Part of putting everything into context is to celebrate Thanksgiving not just on some Thursday in November, but each and every day.  Every day, let is celebrate and be thankful for what God has done for us.  Every day, let us avoid those distractions and have that close communion and fellowship with God that our souls so desire. 
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NKJV

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