As we close in on Thanksgiving, I’m going to look at one of my favorite worship songs. It’s written by Don Moen. Part of it is Scripture; all of it is scriptural. Feel free to sing along!
Give thanks with a grateful heart.
Give thanks to the Holy One.
Give thanks, because he’s given Jesus Christ, his son.
Are you thankful today, Beloved? Do you even have time to stop and think of all you have to be thankful for? Or are you so busy preparing your house or your travel plans that preparing your heart has slipped down the list? Even worse–has your Christmas to-do list leapfrogged Thanksgiving entirely? Look, I’m not judging; I know you’ve got a lot to do. Myself, I’m looking at a garage that needs to be cleaned–I’ve been putting it off for eight months now–just so I can get to the Christmas lights, most of which are broken, if I remember correctly. I have a vague memory of an entire string of lights falling from the roof last January, resulting in a string of mini-explosions and a decision that I would replace all the lights “Next year,” when finances would undoubtedly be better, except they’re not. So I’ve probably gotta buy lights, and garland, and maybe a lawn elf–but no inflatables, I’m passionately against inflatables–before I can even start decorating, and some of the neighbors are done already…
Yeah, so I get it.
But, for those of us in Christ, the One we give thanks for next Thursday is the same One we celebrate at Christmas. It’s pretty much the same holiday; you just have to swap funny hats.
Of course, you know that already…you’re a bright one.
So, hey, take time–like today, like right now–to stop and breathe and give thanks.
For you and him
Happy Friday, Beloved.