Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving comes but once a year...

It's a cool, crisp Autumn day in San Juan Ostuncalco. The corn is all dry on the stalks, rustling in the wind. The morning air is like crystal with a bit of frost on the edge until the sun rises to oversee the bustle of harvest.

We enjoyed Thanksgiving with a couple of other missionary families yesterday. The fellowship was nice, and the laughter hearty! My soul is full of gratefulness for God's blessings, for the abundance of His provision, for friends and family with whom to share the abundance. God is so good to us!

I have to admit that even though each year I very much look forward to Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday all year, I always seem to feel a little let down the day after. Did we truly honor God on this day we set aside for Giving Thanks? What did we offer as a sacrifice of thanksgiving? Was He pleased? Or was it just all about the special meal?

There is a danger in assigning Thanks Giving to one day on the calendar. Perhaps I am not the only one who lays great expectations on that one day, and when they do not all come about there is disappointment to deal with afterward. Could that be the reason that there is so much depression around this and other holidays?

I was reading Psalm 92 when it struck me that giving thanks and singing praise to Him is to be a daily thing, not a Thanksgiving Day thing..

"It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: To show forth thy loving kindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night.."

This and many other psalms show that praise and thanksgiving are to be offered up daily! Doing so is a daily reminder to us of His great works, and it makes us glad on a daily basis. Praise Him!

Thanksgiving comes but once a year, but Giving Thanks is for all year 'round. Let us thank Him today, too, for all His blessings on us!


Randy said...

Tammy, You hit the nail on the head. Thankyou for the reminder that we need to live and give praise and thanks to God each and every day that we live. I think all to often we get caught up in the things of this life and forget all about God.

It was nice that you where able to get together with some other families for a enjoyable time.

May the Lord richly bless you this and each day.

Bro Randy

Randy said...

Tammy, I think you hit the nail on the head, Thank you for the reminder that we need to live , praise and give thanks to God each and every day that we live. All to often I think we get caught up in the things of this life and forget all about God, not thanking Him for the many blessing He gives us.

Have a blessed day.

Bro Randy

sarah said...

Amen! Oh let us praise Him with the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving continually!

Tammy said...

Amen sister! Bob preached about that last week reminding us that we are to give thanks and praise daily and just any time it comes to our minds. It is also good to have a once a year day to think of the previous year in perspective of all God has done so that we see the abundance He gives.