Gratitude

Time to Thank, Time to Share

Thanksgiving is a time to share. A roasted turkey stuffed with care,
potatoes, yams and buttered rolls are passed around in festive bowls.

But first we thank our God above and share with others his great love.
The dish served last is always best — a slice of pie for every guest.

—MaryAnn Sundby

Gratitude

In the week before Thanksgiving Mary-Jo asked her class of 9 year-olds to write a paragraph entitled: ‘What I am most thankful for on Thanksgiving Day’.

All Joey could write was: ‘I am thankful that I’m not a turkey at Thanksgiving.’

The Sacrifices of Thanksgiving

Once again in November, Americans will be celebrating Thanksgiving. Everyone goes around saying, “Lord, we’re so thankful for all You have done for us.” There’s nothing wrong, of course, with being thankful for all God has given us. But we need to do more than just offer thanksgiving to God. We need to do some thanks-living for God.

How do we do that? The psalmist offers us a good first step:

“Oh, that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing” (Psalm 107:21-22, italics mine).

What are the “sacrifices of thanksgiving” we should offer to God? In God’s Word there are five spiritual sacrifices you can offer all this month and the rest of your life as unto the Lord. You might want to make a little checklist, put it in your Bible, and ask, “Am I continually offering to the Lord the sacrifices of Thanksgiving?”

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