A Grateful Nation – Thanksgiving 2012

“Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound; they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of Thy countenance.  In thy name shall they rejoice all the day and in Thy righteousness, they shall be exalted.  For Thou art the glory of their strength; and in Thy favour, our horn shall be exalted.”  Psalm 89:15-17

A recent poll found that 45 percent of Americans felt we should just dispense with The Holidays – Thanksgiving and Christmas.  To them, Thanksgiving is just a big nuisance.  It’s a lot of work for those who have to prepare the dinner and clean the house (usually women).  You have to endure relatives you don’t particularly care for.  The only good thing about Thanksgiving in the eyes of these people is the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.

Thank God for the other 55 percent who still understand the holiday of Thanksgiving.  As David Barton pointed out last night on Glenn Beck’s program, in addition to the 1621 Thanksgiving of the Pilgrims, leaders often declared days of thanksgiving, as well as fasts.

America could use a few more fasts, by the looks of some of her people.

But seriously, Thanksgiving is primarily about giving thanks to God for the freedom we have to worship Him.   All the things we take for granted are possible only through Him.  Our families, our jobs, our health, our good lives.  This is the day FDR designated as the official date for Thanksgiving; the original proclamation came from Pres. Lincoln.

If you find yourself doubting whether it’s God who gave you every blessing, or whether it was simply by the sweat of your brow, do the pencil test.  In reverse.

In the original pencil test, our kindergarten teacher’s aides told us to bow our heads, close our eyes, and pray to God for a pencil.  Then they told us to open our eyes; no pencil.  What a surprise.  Then they told us to close our eyes again, but not to pray this time.  I peeked and got yelled at.  But I didn’t care.  The aides went around placing pencils in front of the pupils.

“God didn’t put that pencil in front of you; we did,” announced the haughty leader.  “God doesn’t do anything for you.  Everything you get comes from some other human being.”

“God doesn’t work that way,” I retorted.  “He performs miracles, not magic tricks.”

The aide’s steely eye fixed on me.

“He didn’t make that pencil; it was made in a factory,” she declared.

“But men didn’t make the tree the wood came from or the lead that they mined or the rubber on the end of the pencil.  Only God can make a tree,”  I answered back.   There the conversation ended.

Take a good look at your dining room or kitchen table, before you set it.  It’s empty.  You’ll busy yourself around the table setting it, cooking the food, serving it, eating and clearing the table again when you’re done.

Who will you thank for that feast?  Yourself?  Or God?  Ask yourself if you created the turkey, or merely dressed it for eating?  Ask yourself where the materials for the plates, utensils, napkins, bowls, the table cloth, even the table itself came from?  Did you create all those things, or merely purchase them at a store?  Ask yourself how you paid for the food?  Certainly you earned it.  But who gave you the spark of life and the energy to perform your tasks?  Who gave you the freedom to live in a country where you can earn your own living and spend the money the way you choose?  A good deal of thanks is due there to the men and women who sacrificed their lives so you could live in freedom.  They’re with God now.

I’ll be cooking a Thanksgiving dinner today, as I’ve done for the last 16 or more years.  It’s really no big deal, if you’re organized.  Is it really that hard for you to do that much for your family?  Is it really that hard to give an ear to one of your relatives?  Is it really too much trouble to bow your head for a moment and thank God for everything He’s given you?

Or are you too busy studying tomorrow’s Black Friday sales circulars?  Try reading a passage from the Bible sometime today, as David Barton suggests.  Stores, especially in this economy are here today and gone tomorrow.  Printers break down, computers crash, and someone is always inventing the next I-phone.  Or isn’t that a cool thing to do anymore.  The Word of God is reliable and it’s forever.  Be grateful you live in a country where you can read one.  In China, you’d be thrown into prison for reading the Good Book.

Happy Thanksgiving, to all my readers.

 

 

 

 

 

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