DayBreaks for 11/24/16: Thanksgiving Questions
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I love this holiday. I hope you do, too. I realize you may have had a very difficult year, and if so, I am sorry for the pain you’ve had. Yet, we all have things to be thankful for, don’t we?
A group of Moms got together and composed a list of things they are thankful for. They wrote that they were especially thankful:
“For automatic dishwashers because they make it possible for us to get out of the kitchen before the family comes back in for their after dinner snacks.
“For husbands who attack small repair jobs around the house because they usually make them big enough to call in the professionals.
“For children who put away their things and clean up after themselves. They’re such a joy you hate to see them go home to their own parents.
“For teenagers because they give parents an opportunity to learn a second language.”
And finally, “For Smoke alarms because they let you know when the turkey’s done.”
Each of us would have our own list of the things for which we are thankful. Most of us are mature enough in our faith to recognize that Thanksgiving is a most dangerous holiday. When we give thanks for our good health, what does that say to people who do not have a healthy body? Does that say that we are more deserving than they, or that somehow God loves us more?
When we thank God for our nice homes or our families or our freedom as Americans, what does this say about good, decent God-loving people around the world who do not share these blessings?
I have no ready answers for such questions and neither does anyone else. I would prefer, however, as we give thanks this Thursday and all the rest of the year, that we do it for the right reasons.
What are some of the things that every Christian, regardless of his or her circumstance, in every corner of the globe can be thankful for this Thanksgiving season? What are some of the things that you can be grateful for today that you might not typically think to give thanks for? Search out a few – and thank God for them today!
PRAYER: We have much to thank You for today, God! I pray that You will be the unseen, yet honored guest of honor at our tables and in our hearts on this Thanksgiving day! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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