by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” (Psalm 107:8-9, NIV)
HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I love today…it is one of my favorite holidays. We start the day with the Macy’s parade, celebrate with a special breakfast, cocoa, and cider. There is nothing quite like it! Afterwards, we celebrate the day with family, feasting on traditional Thanksgiving fare.
The call to give thanks is ancient, coming millennia before the Pilgrims and Native Americans shared their first harvest feast. Even then, though, they celebrated the provision of God though family, neighbors, and new strategic techniques to help them learn how to live and survive in their new world.
May we remember the need to give thanks today, for ALL God does for you and me. From our ancient ancestors, to the settlers in the new world, to the events we navigate each and every day, there is so much for which to be thankful. Yes, we are confronted each and every day with unique challenges that stress and strain us. It is a new world still today, but amidst all of the trials, there must be the space to be thankful. And as we enjoy the special foods and beverages we only enjoy once a year — or special occasions at least that carry us back to simpler times — may we remember that it is God who satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry in all times!
May we follow Jesus’ teaching to hunger and thirst for righteousness, and in so doing, give thanks to God for His enduring love and provision.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I give you thanks on this special day, and feel the call to be thankful in all times and in all ways. May I hunger and thirst for your righteousness, and find a new kind of thanksgiving, not just for today, but everyday! I pray this in the holy name of Jesus. Amen.