Today is November 24th, 2016. It’s Thanksgiving Day in the United States. Today is traditionally a time to spend time with loved ones and, in the South, a time to chow down on some cornbread dressing. (Which I am greatly looking forward to by the way.) It’s a time for laughter, for making new memories, and for remembering that we shouldn’t take anything for granted, but to give Thanksgiving for all of the blessings we have been given.
Truly, we should give Thanksgiving every single day. Yahweh tells us to give thanks in all circumstances and in whatever you set out to do.
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. – Colossians 3:15-17
The past few days I have truly been reflecting on my life and thanking the Father for His goodness to me and my family, as well as my many friends and acquaintances. We, as a people, as a nation, and as a group of believers have so much for which we should be thankful.
Today will most definitely be filled with funny-business and good times, but I do want to take a moment today and seriously consider and give thanks for the blessings in my life:
First and foremost, we have a Heavenly Father who loves us unconditionally and who gave His one and only son so that we might have a chance to spend eternity with Him. Praise Yahweh!
If you live in the United State like I do, we have so many freedoms and rights. We have the freedom and right to serve Yahweh and share His love publicly. We have the freedom of speech. We have the freedom and right to bear arms. We have the freedom to elect leaders, whether they be county/parish, state, or federal. We can rest easy because of the men and women who defend and serve our country in one of the five branches of military; Air Force, Marines, Army, Navy, and Coast Guard. I, for one, am very thankful for the country I live in and for the principles it was built upon by the founding fathers. God bless the USA.
I have an amazing family. I don’t know what I would do or who I would be today without the support, correction, and encouragement of my parents, Mark and Tracy. My sister, Katy, is quickly becoming one of my best friends now that we are both older and getting past those days of sibling rivalry. (For the most part anyway. Heehee!) I love our talks, random dance moves, and karaoke sessions. My extended family is also such a blessing. I had no idea how blessed I was in the family department until a few years ago. There are so many people who don’t have a family or who do not have a good relationship with their family. I have never known a time in my life where I haven’t had the love or support of my family.
I have a roof over my head, food and water readily available, good health, clothes to wear, shoes for my feet, a car for transportation, and a steady job with a good paycheck, great friends and numerous acquaintances.
I am blessed. Beyond blessed.
I ask of you, my dear readers, to hold your loved ones closer today, for you never know when they may be called home to glory. Remember to send a prayer of thanks before you dig into that aforementioned dressing and before you fall into bed tonight. Please, remember to thank the one who has given us our abundant blessings.
Shalom and a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours,