Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. Colossians 3:16 NIV
As we close in on another end to a year, Thanksgiving reminds us to stop and give thanks. I always enjoy the emphasis that the holiday provides. I try, by God’s grace, to give thanks often for the blessings in my life, His grace, mercy and the love He displayed on the cross. Yet, this year, as I ponder the many things of God for which I give thanks, I cannot help but allow a few questions float to my mind.
Each year, our country seems to work harder than ever to push itself further from God and the Bible. I always wonder, in a country that wishes to distance itself from God, whom does it give thanks to? Does the holiday still serve its intended purpose? Do atheists give thanks to evolution, science or good luck? (After all, according to mathematicians, it would take a LOT of luck for the Big Bang theory to result in life without the assistance of divine agency.)
As I get older, I cannot help but notice just how thankless the younger generations act. Perhaps I displayed the same lack of grace during my younger years. It seems that the attitude prevalent among them is “What have you done for me, lately?” What do they think of a day dedicated to giving thanks?
We live in a country that gives so much to us. Our government benefits for a single working mom alone exceeds what whole families make in most third world countries. We have organizations which help out the less fortunate all over the country, and one rarely hears stories in our country of those who starve to death. And while many of those situations are far from ideal, the love and generosity provided by such programs (many sponsored and run by Christian siblings) far exceed what you will find in most eastern countries.
Relatively speaking, we have so much to give thanks for in this country. Yet, more important than all of our material blessings, we all have God to thank for the air we breathe, the life we have, and the forgiveness He gave, at the cross. Our LORD paid the ultimate price for our iniquity and transgressions. While we were sinners, God sent Jesus to die so that we may have life eternal. HIs blood washed away our sins and now, through faith, we can stand next our heavenly Father, in heaven, and enjoy eternal life.
This year, take an opportunity to share this truth with your loved ones.