I’ll let you in on a little secret – I already had Thanksgiving.
Each day I post my articles at 7 p.m. local time. For most of you in North America that means my articles are available sometime around or before 5 a.m. on that same day. So my Thanksgiving Day is almost over when you read this.
It is, let me assure you, going to be a great day.
Thanksgiving is a fundamental attribute and characteristic for Christians.
To give thanks means to trust in God’s goodness, sovereignty, and control.
This Thanksgiving I want to encourage you to be mindful of those who are without.
The holiday season is especially hard on those who have lost loved ones.
The holiday season is especially hard on those who are separated from family.
The holiday season is especially hard for those who lack financial resources.
It has been about five years since our family (my wife and kids) have had a Thanksgiving with our family (parents and siblings). I guess that means my children have never had a Thanksgiving with their extended family. My family is Canadian so we don’t usually make plans to be with them on American Thanksgiving. My wife’s family lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming and it has been difficult for us to travel there because of the cost of travel.
But, God has opened the door for us to have some wonderful experiences:
- One year my wife and I spent Thanksgiving serving food to homeless people in downtown Memphis.
- One year some friends invited us to their home and we were accepted just as if we were family.
- Now we will celebrate Thanksgiving with some co-workers in Papua New Guinea.
God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good.
We have been blessed to experience Matthew 12:50.
For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” (Matthew 12:50 NIV)
I am thankful to God for every spiritual blessing in Christ.
I have three amazing children who warm my heart.
I have a loving and supportive wife who is also my best friend.
I have a church family that encourages me and challenges me to grow spiritually.
I have a loving extended family who (as painful as it is) supports our missionary work overseas.
I have an amazing support structure of friends and churches who support our missionary work.
I have a God who loves me despite all my failures and flaws.
What are you thankful for?