There is a holiday tucked gently between Halloween and Christmas.
If you aren’t careful, you’ll miss it. It isn’t awarded aisles upon aisles of commercial festivities at craft or hardware stores. You probably won’t see yards adorned with lawn ornaments paying homage to it. It is rare to see a television commercial or mailer celebrating this holiday (although you’ll see plenty for what comes the day after!). If you were to look at your calendar two weeks from this Thursday, you might see the word “Thanksgiving” written in tiny print (I’m not sure all calendar manufacturers still write it in, but I am hopeful most do!).
Although Thanksgiving has been all but forgotten by much of our culture, it is a beautiful holiday certainly worth celebrating! It is not just a Thursday off of work or a reason to indulge in pumpkin pie. The Bible has much to say about cultivating a thankful heart, and what a wonderful opportunity this season gives us to do just that!
pray without ceasing,
In everything give thanks;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
In everything give thanks…for this is God’s will for you!
While we know God desires for us to have thankful hearts full of gratitude toward Him, we also know how quick we are to grumble and complain. This isn’t new. People have been grumbling and complaining for thousands of years.
Take a look at the Israelites for example:
In Exodus, we read the account of how Moses parted the Red Sea as they fled from the powerful Egyptian army. The sea crashed in on the Egyptians and the Israelites were free and safe! How incredible it must have been to see such a mighty act of God firsthand! But, only three days later, it says “the people grumbled at Moses, saying, ‘What shall we drink?” Only three days after seeing God miraculously save their lives, they are grumbling, complaining, and doubting if God will provide water for them.
I know I, too, can be like this.
God has done incredible things in my life, even just over this past year! Yet how quickly I forget. How quickly I grumble.
What things has God done in your life this year?
How have you seen Him be faithful and true?
Talk about these things, remember them! Praise God and thank Him for His goodness.
I don’t want to lose this Thanksgiving holiday to the busy-ness and anticipation of the coming Christmas season. I don’t want to look past this opportunity to be thankful to God, and I want to savor it like our family will savor our Thanksgiving feast! This season I want to work hard and be diligent to cultivate a thankful home full of thankful hearts. This means being intentional to talk with my children about what I am thankful for (and asking them the same!). It means being quick to discipline whining, complaining, and grumbling in my little ones (as well as in myself). And it means reflecting on the multitude of ways God has worked in our lives this year- whether it seems miraculous or ordinary.
What are you thankful for this year?
God is good, give Him thanks!