A Thanksgiving Meditation
by Abiding Love
1 Chronicles 16:34 — Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
I need to ask you some questions. Slow down and give your honest answers. Where is your heart this Thanksgiving?
Is your Thanksgiving mostly about time off from work or school?
Is your Thanksgiving mostly about spending time with friends or family?
Is your Thanksgiving mostly about preparing a meal — or eatting it?
Is your Thanksgiving mostly about watching football or parades?
Is your Thanksgiving an attempt to see the good in your life and build a positive attitude?
Is your Thanksgiving mostly the sound of the starting gun to your Christmas season and about buying stuff at discounted prices?
None of that is thanks-giving.
And when we can’t even stop for a holiday to give thanks to the Lord, we wonder why the rest of our life seems so consumed by worry, stress, negativity, complaining, frustration, and a general lack of contentment or happiness.
Maybe this all sounds too harsh for a Thanksgiving message, but maybe its also exactly what your heart needs to hear. I know mine does.
Because when we actually pause to remember our Lord and how incredibly good He has been to us — better than we deserve — our eyes are suddenly opened to blessings we weren’t noticing. Just pause for a holy moment and meditate on the fact that God’s love endures forever for you and for me, as is shown in Jesus Christ and his dying to forgive our sinful hearts. Do you sense what a treasure you have in Jesus and his love — far beyond all the other things our minds, hearts, eyes, and bellies often get set on at Thanksgiving? When we take the time to give heartfelt worship and thanks to the Lord, we end up receiving far more than we give.
I pray this Thanksgiving you will mostly be about pausing, reflecting, and giving thanks to the Lord for his goodness and love.
If you can, I pray you will join us at Abiding Love tonight, Wednesday, at 6pm, We will meditate upon the Lord and give thanks for his blessings.
Peace in Jesus,
Pastor John Gensmer
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