Giving Thanks

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Can you believe that Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away? What does Thanksgiving mean to you? For many of us it means turkey, dressing, pies and all the other goodies that go along with it. It also means family. But what else does it mean?

There is a child's prayer that I used to say when I was little that goes:

Thank you for the world so sweet,
Thank you for the food we eat,
Thank you for the birds that sing,
Thank you God for everything.

Do you remember that prayer? So simple and yet when a child says it, there is such complete honesty and trust in it, isn't there?

We all know that we are supposed to be thankful for the things that God blesses us with. And of course, we are. But sometimes when we are going through through difficult times in our lives, we don't feel very thankful, do we?

Psalms 116:17 says, "To Thee I shall offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving, And call upon the name of the Lord."

What does that mean? It means that even in the midst of our fiery trials, we are to give thanks. Tall order sometimes, isn't it?

Ephesians 5:18-21 says, "And do not get drunk, with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord: always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father: and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ."

So this Thanksgiving, let us remember to give thanks to the Father for all that he has done.

Even though at times, things look bleak, know that God is always in control.


Ruth A. Rusk
Embracing Your Destiny



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