DayBreaks for 11/18/13 – Thanksdead
The Bible has a lot to say about having thankful hearts. David, perhaps, more than anyone else, seemed to express the heart of thanksgiving that the Lord found delightful. I think that it is one of the qualities that caused David to be “a man after God’s own heart.”
I know that it isn’t the Thanksgiving holiday yet here in America so perhaps this post is just a bit ahead of itself, but you’d somewhat expect a Thanksgiving post on Thanksgiving, right? Here’s the point: Thanksgiving isn’t supposed to be reserved to one special day each year. It is something that is supposed to happen daily – or for that matter – at each moment of awareness we have of being thankful for something. Somehow, I fear we’re not that good at identifying such things in America.
I’ve been in numerous worship services where the speaker opened the floor for people to share things that they experienced during the week for which they were thankful. I don’t know if it’s because people are just so afraid of speaking in public, or if they really haven’t thought about thankfulness enough to identify some of those things, but such a request is often met with an awkward silence.
I read a post this past week from a truly gifted writer, Ann Voskamp, on her blog, A Holy Experience, and it struck me and prompted this DayBreaks. Here’s what she had to say: Thanksgiving that doesn’t become thanksliving isn’t thanksgiving. It’s thanksdead. It’s thanksnothing. – Ann Voskamp, A Holy Experience
We’re sliding toward the Thanksgiving holiday. We have an Advent season and Lenten season in which we prepare ourselves to focus on the Incarnation and the resurrection of Christ. Maybe we would be well served to spend the time between today and Thanksgiving being more mindful of all His blessings, and more thankful for them, too! And let’s not forget Ann’s point: our thanksgiving is to turn into thanksliving!
I am thankful that we don’t have to offer sacrifices like the Jews did, but thanksgiving is one sacrifice we can all make…and we can all afford: Psalm 107:22 (NLT) Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving and sing joyfully about his glorious acts.
PRAYER: Lord, you have been SO good to us! Hear our hearts sing out our thanksgiving and turn it into thanksliving for you!! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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