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“O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” -  Psalm 136:1

As children we are taught that the two most important things to say, other than I love you, are ‘please’ and  ‘thank-you’. My mother and father, when we received a gift, would always say, “Not what do you say?” It is important to be thankful people. Gratitude is a blessing. It is a way to express how you feel blessed and how you know that you are loved. We need to take the time and be blessed people who are thankful and show it in our life in God. 

The Psalmist says: “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” Then the psalmist tells the people why: How God made all that is, the sun and moon and all creation, and how God rescued his people by striking down Egypt and bringing them through the divided sea, with an outstretched arm and a strong hand, and led the people to freedom, crushing Pharoah and his army. How God led the people in the wilderness, giving the people the land they inhabit and making sure they are protected, fed, and renewed each day. Why? Because God loves his people and his creation and shows it in his love for us. We know this because we know love in Christ Jesus, who redeems us in is saving grace, who leads us in his powerful life, and who guides us by his life in us. We know God’s love because God’s Spirit moves in us and moves us to be people who, in Christ, live for God. All of this is a gift to us. We did not earn God’s life and love but, in grace, we are gifted to be God’s people who are loved, protected, and renewed in this love each day. 

This alone is reason to live in gratitude. It is reason enough to show that thanks in our love for God. We need to take some time and to look to God, in Jesus, and give thanks. Nationally we do this every fourth Thursday of the month of November. But as God’s children, and followers of Jesus, we should live that thanks each day, taking time to give thanks to God for all our blessings and gifts that God endows each of our lives with daily. In prayer we do so by how we lift God up and thank God for all we receive. But in faith we can live that thanks in how we love God, fully and completely, and how we give that love in Jesus name to all. 

Take the time. Give thanks to God, for he is good, and live your thanks in prayer, in gratitude for your blessings, and in love for each other, our world, and, especially, for God’s love for you each day.

I hope your Thanksgiving Holiday is a joyful one. Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

Peace and Blessings,

Pastor Jim