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Nov. 22, 2019 - Thanksgiving

Updated: Jan 24, 2020

Thanksgiving

Our thoughts and actions turn to being thankful at this time of the year. It seems that the whole month of November is devoted to thanksgiving. I think we may have lost sight of the fact that worship, from the very beginning was centered around giving thanks to God. Every time the community of faith gathered for worship they began with songs of praise and thanksgiving.


As I have been thinking about this over the last several weeks a song of praise that comes from Psalm 100 keeps running through my mind. Here are the words:

“I will enter his gates with thanksgiving in my heart, I will enter his courts with praise. I will say, ‘This is the day that the Lord has made.’ I will rejoice, for he has made me glad. He has made me glad, he has made me glad. I will rejoice, for he has made me glad.”[1]

When I was working for Xerox, I often began my drive to work with a variation of the Psalm’s words. The words that I used were: “This is the day the Lord has made. I rejoice and I am Glad.” As I thought about thanks giving this week, I realized that now that I no longer must drive to work each day, I have not started my days with those words of praise. I plan to change that in the days ahead.


As you celebrate Thanksgiving next week, do so with thanks giving in your heart.

Lord God, we are thankful for your love and care of our lives. Amen.

Always, to God be the glory!

Paul

[1] He Has Made Me Glad, Copyright by Maranatha Praise, Inc.

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