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The Obligatory “Happy Thanksgiving” Post November 22, 2012

Filed under: Christian Culture — christical @ 2:24 pm
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As my readers in America know, it’s Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving!

An interesting fact: There are Black Friday sales that start on Thursday night.

I’m not against participation in Black Friday sales, but I find it a little disheartening that people are taking a day devoted to giving thanks and using it to value materialism.

  • I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. (Psalms 139:14 NASB)
  • We thank God because He created and cares for us. Have you noticed how you don’t have to tell your heart to beat? You might need to support it so it beats consistently, but it’s not something you have to mentally control. Same with breathing. We take a lot of God’s creations for granted. He made the sun in our solar system for heat and light, yet gave us night’s coolness by the light of the moon and the stars. Don’t even get me started on the unique sounds of the animals we see.

  • You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness, That my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever. (Psalms 30:11, 12 NASB)
  • We thank God because He gives us hope. Everyone seems to have those days when life is out to get them. But because we know that God is full of grace and mercy, we have freedom from the guilt and shame that seem to come so naturally. To quote Tenth Avenue North, “Hallelujah, we are free to struggle/we’re not struggling to be free/your blood bought and makes us children/children, drop your chains and sing!”

  • How blessed are those who keep justice, Who practice righteousness at all times!We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you. (Psalm 106:3, Colossians 1:3 NASB)
  • We thank God for other people. Friends have a special bond. Even the most introverted person needs at least one other who cares. Becoming a part of the church is a great way to connect with people. You’ll have similar struggles, loves, and fears. You will get to deal with them together. The best part–you’ll do it in Christ.

    Happy Thanksgiving. I’m thankful for all of you, for good days, and even for bad days. Struggles bring us closer to God.

    —The Jesus Freak Girl


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