what a wonderful time we had together. Especially theThanksgiving it snowed so much that we didn't think wewer
e going to make it back home. Wonderful memories!‖
May we all make wonderful memories this Thanksgivingand remember what the holidays are truly about.
by Pastor Jon Miller
This month we celebrate Thanksgiving, one ofmy favorite holidays. For many this is justanother day off from work, a day to eat a bigmeal with family, or the kick off to the Christmasshopping season. Historically Thanksgiving Daywas a day when the Pilgrims gave thanks toGod for their survival in the new land and theassistance the Indians gave them. The Bible hasa lot to say about living a thankful life, not justone day a year, but every day that we are alive.
This Thanksgiving let us direct our thankstowards God. We are accustomed and even
trained as young children to tell people ―thankyou‖ when they do something nice for us. Too
often we fail to train our children to have thesame attitude of gratitude towards God. YetGod has done so much for us. The Apostle Paul
said, ―Giving thanks always for all things unto
God and the Father in the name of our LordJesus Christ
.‖ (Eph 5:20).
Notice that the thanksare given to God. The Psalmist said that we areto enter into the presence of God withthanksgiving. (Psa 95:2). Every time we go tothe Lord in prayer we are entering into hispresence and our hearts should be inclined togive thanks to God for all that He has done.
This Thanksgiving let us be reminded that we
have a lot to be thankful for. One time in Jesus’
ministry he went into a village and was met byten lepers. Jesus told them to go showthemselves to the priest and while on their waythere they were all healed. Only one of thehealed lepers came back and thanked Jesus forwhat he had done. This led Jesus to ask a
profound question when he said, ―Were not tencleansed? Where are the nine?‖ (Luke 17:11
-19). The lepers could easily represent every oneof us. Before we met Jesus we were dying fromthe disease of sin and we have been cleansedand healed by our Lord and Savior. Even if we
don’t get another prayer answered we still
haveso much to thank God for. The Apostle Paul saidthat Father has blessed us in Christ with everyspiritual blessing in the heavenly places. (Eph
1:3). That’s why whether we have little or much
of what this world has to offer, we still have a lotto give God thanks for because of what he hasdone for us in Christ.This Thanksgiving let us not stop offeringthanks. After the parade and football games andthe leftovers are put away there is a naturaltendency in our human nature to forget aboutThanksgiving until next year. The Bible instructsus to live as though it is Thanksgiving every day.Paul said he would not cease to give thanks toGod in his prayers and that he would ALWAYS