Psalm 100 is one of my favorite texts in the Bible. It
reminds us that we are to be thankful, for God has created us
and has made us God's people. The promise there is that
God's love for us has no limits. There are times in my life I
forget and become upset when events in my life don't pan out
the way I had envisioned. Often I forget about the
everyday blessings I receive.
I tend to overlook common blessings. Let me name a few:
a beautiful sunrise or sunset; day and night; love! What about
our senses? Being able to see, smell, hear, feel, and taste.
If you don't believe these are blessings, just ask those among
us who cannot use one or more of those senses. Sometimes I
forget the fact that good health is a gift and I need to be
thankful. I must confess sometimes I take other gifts such as
a wonderful spouse, a great family life, a wonderful and
caring church, and faithful friends for granted. These
are very simple things in life, yet they are the most
important and I need to learn to be thankful for them.
What do you think would happen if each one of us suddenly
became more thankful? What will happen if all of us
suddenly became more appreciative? I don't know what comes to
your mind but I know for sure that when I was younger, my
mother would have been really pleased; and now that I am
older, I know that Sherry would be very happy if I expressed
my appreciation a little bit more often than I already
In Ephesians, chapter five, the writer tells new Christians
how they should live, it says: "Give thanks to God [the
Father] at all times and for everything in the name of our
Lord Jesus Christ."
So let us give thanks, this coming Thursday, for all the food
and all the goodies and for family and friends and all the
blessings, yes, and for the turkey and let us not forget to
give thanks every day. Amen.