When I was growing
up we had a stove and oven in our basement.
On Thanksgiving my mom would always cook the turkey, which was huge, in
that oven and the aroma from that bird just filled the house. I can smell it even today.
Thanksgiving is a
good time to remember. To remember all
the blessings we have enjoyed, but you already know that. You hear that every year. It is also a time to remember the hard times,
the REAL hard times, for they brought us closer to God and to one another. But again, you already know that. You hear that every year.
But I am going to
say it again this year, remember all the blessings you have enjoyed - The gift
of life and salvation that you have in Jesus Christ. Your faith.
The forgiveness that God so freely gives you through Jesus Christ. The access that you have to God through
Jesus. The heaven that awaits you one
day because of Jesus Christ. Remember
the family God has given you, your church family as well. Remember the friends God has placed in your
life, the associates, and all others that have come and gone. Remember the loves He has blessed you with,
the good memories and good times God has blessed you with. Then remember the things God has blessed you
with – for they cannot be counted – don’t believe me, try it.
And then remember
this Thanksgiving not only to give thanks for all these blessings, but to DO
thanks. When one of the ten lepers that
Jesus healed one day, found that he had been made whole, DID SOMETHING – He went
and thanked and praised Jesus for what was done for and to him. I do urge you to Give thanks as you gather
around the turkey and dressing this Thanksgiving, but Don’t stop there - DO
THANKS. And here are some suggestions –
OBVIOUSLY – attend the Thanksgiving Service
Serve another – work at the Food Bank
this month, donate time or money to an organization that will provide a
Thanksgiving meal to someone
Help a neighbor out – leaves need to be
raked, or maybe put a smile on their face with some cookies, or a kind word or
Go out of your way to be kind and
generous to a stranger
Do something extra around the church
Call someone or send a note to someone
who have not contacted for awhile
Do Wagner, Irene Reinisch or any of our members who have a hard time getting
Remember what Jesus
said, that when you do these things to least of these, you do it unto Me. So one way we can all thank Jesus, this
Thanksgiving, is to DO THANKSGIVING to others.
A Blessed Thanksgiving to you.