Thanksgiving Is The Time To Remember Where Everything Good Comes From

By: Amanda Mattingly 0 Comments   11/19/2012

It is that time of year again. Families prepare for plentiful feasts for their Thanksgiving dinners, people travel long distances to see their relatives, and many rise early to courageously face Black Friday shopping.

The next few months brings much joy to many people and is usually a favorite time of year.

But sometimes it is so easy to get caught up in the numerous holiday festivities that we can forget about what this Thanksgiving holiday could mean to us in our relationship with the Lord.  

While there are so many things to be grateful for this Thanksgiving, we can sometimes forget to remember the One who blesses us. What would this holiday season be like if we focused it on giving thanks to the Lord for how He has provided for us and poured His blessings into our lives?

Entering the month of November, God reminded of the parable in Luke 17 where Jesus heals 10 lepers:

LUKE 17: 11-17

Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praises God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.

Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

I invite you to reflect on this passage throughout this Thanksgiving season. In what way do you respond when the Lord blesses you? Do you come back to thank and praise Him for what He has done and who He is? Or do you simply accept what the Lord has given you and forget to praise the One who blesses us?

Many of us have responded like the other nine lepers in this story…receiving a blessing from the Lord and not even offering up a word of praise for what He has done. While it is in our human nature to simply accept something given to us and continue through our day, I believe that in our relationship with God we should be intentional about remembering who provides for us and continuously give Him thanks.

Psalm 7:17- “I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the LORD Most High.”

Psalms 9:1b- “I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of your wonderful deeds.”

What a mighty Lord we serve—one who is deserving of our endless praise and worship. While you are preparing for your holiday festivities and gather together with your family and friends, remember to thank God for how He has provided for you and blessed you.

Ask Him to remind you of the different things He’s done in your life and remember these things as you praise Him. We can enjoy this Thanksgiving like never before by reflecting on who God is and what He has done. What a different kind of thanks and joy we can have simply by shifting our focus from holiday festivities to thanking our Savior.

By remembering the Lord this Thanksgiving, you can even be a witness to those in your family and circle of friends who may not know Christ as Savior.

By spending your holiday thanking and praising the Lord, pray that He would open doors to share about His love and grace with those who do not know Him as Lord.

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