Remembering Thanksgiving!

12 11 2009

Hey guys,

So I was doing a little shopping last night while I was killing time waiting for a meeting to start…not the most economic way to waste time but effective none the less.  In the midst of my shopping I was shocked by the explosion of Christmas already in all the stores.  Every single store I went into had Christmas music blasting and red and green sparkles everywhere, like the Christmas elves had gotten a little too excited.

What in the world?  How is it time for Christmas already?   What happened to Thanksgiving?   It feels as if we’ve gone straight from Halloween into Christmas.  When did that happen?

Now don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas and the wonderful celebrations that accompany it but we’ve become such a consumerist culture that we no longer even pause to give thanks for the things we have…we just move right into the sales and money that can be spent on the season of spending.  Wow, what a statement!?

I urge you to rebel against it!  Take time for thanksgiving…not just the holiday and the food and the family time but the concept of thanking God for all He has given you.  Christmas is a wonderful time of the year but let’s not forget to thank God in preparation for what He did for us during Christmas, for loving us so much that He sent His one and only Son to earth as a sacrifice for our sins.  That’s something to be thankful for!

Thank God because he’s good, because his love never quits.
   Tell the world, Israel,
      “His love never quits.”
   And you, clan of Aaron, tell the world,
      “His love never quits.”
   And you who fear God, join in,
      “His love never quits.”

Pushed to the wall, I called to God;
      from the wide open spaces, he answered.
   God’s now at my side and I’m not afraid;
      who would dare lay a hand on me?
   God’s my strong champion;
      I flick off my enemies like flies.
   Far better to take refuge in God
      than trust in people;
   Far better to take refuge in God
      than trust in celebrities.
   Hemmed in by barbarians,
      in God’s name I rubbed their faces in the dirt;
   Hemmed in and with no way out,
      in God’s name I rubbed their faces in the dirt;
   Like swarming bees, like wild prairie fire, they hemmed me in;
      in God’s name I rubbed their faces in the dirt.
   I was right on the cliff-edge, ready to fall,
      when God grabbed and held me.
   God’s my strength, he’s also my song,
      and now he’s my salvation.
   Hear the shouts, hear the triumph songs
      in the camp of the saved?
         “The hand of God has turned the tide!
         The hand of God is raised in victory!
         The hand of God has turned the tide!”

I didn’t die. I lived!
      And now I’m telling the world what God did.
   God tested me, he pushed me hard,
      but he didn’t hand me over to Death.
   Swing wide the city gates—the righteous gates!
      I’ll walk right through and thank God!
   This Temple Gate belongs to God,
      so the victors can enter and praise.

Thank you for responding to me;
      you’ve truly become my salvation!
   The stone the masons discarded as flawed
      is now the capstone!
   This is God’s work.
      We rub our eyes—we can hardly believe it!
   This is the very day God acted—
      let’s celebrate and be festive!
   Salvation now, God. Salvation now!
      Oh yes, God—a free and full life!

Blessed are you who enter in God’s name—
      from God’s house we bless you!
   God is God,
      he has bathed us in light.
   Festoon the shrine with garlands,
      hang colored banners above the altar!
   You’re my God, and I thank you.
      O my God, I lift high your praise.
   Thank God—he’s so good.
      His love never quits!

                         Psalm 118 (MSG)

To the King!





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