It’s Not Turkey Day, It’s THANKSGIVING!
Lucinda Secrest McDowell
They are the first words I see.
The moment my eyes open from a night’s sleep. Stenciled on the gable directly across from my bed — “Each day is a gift from God.”
Prompting me to thank God even before my feet hit the floor. Before the world inevitably begins to invade my posture of praise. A bill I can’t pay is due today. The morning news is violent. Icy roads disrupt my schedule. And I’m still waiting on medical tests results.
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let’s continue to express our gratitude. With this gratitude, let’s serve in a way that is pleasing to God with respect and awe.” Hebrews 12.28
Do you sometimes find it difficult to muster up feelings of gratitude?
Jonathan Edwards (who worshipped here at my church for two years in the 18th century) suggested we live “gracious gratitude — being thankful not just for God’s gifts and blessings but for God Himself and who He is.” So in those moments when we cannot think of one thing to thank God for, we can thank Him for who He is.
Thanksgiving and praise to God run throughout the pages of the Old Testament even in the midst of violent and horrific circumstances. And they continue through the New Testament, despite persecution and danger.
We are called to live with a heart full of gratitude, not just when we awaken to a sunny sky, but when we face a day of darkness and despair.
My friend Jennifer Dukes Lee says, “On your best day, gratitude reminds you that your gifts are not your own. And on your worst day, gratitude reminds you that you are not alone.”
Be sure to Thank God today that He is always with you – you are never alone!
“Gratitude flows from the ability to see all you have and all you are as a gift. This means you insist that persons are more valuable than things. Ultimately the opposite of gratitude is not ingratitude, but chaos. If we are to be human in the truest sense of this word, it will be as we tenaciously insist that we live life grateful.” (Barnabas Powell)
I am so very grateful. First for God. Then for His gifts. THANKSGIVING!
Receive God’s Thanksgiving Benediction over you this Thanksgiving: My child, it is My deepest joy to offer you gifts – of grace, mercy and hope. As you unpack their worth and usefulness, may your own heart be filled to overflowing with gratitude. For opportunities that come your way. For people you can bless. And yes, for Me, the Lover of your soul.
under the mercy, Cindy
©2017 Lucinda Secrest McDowell – adapted from Ordinary Graces (Abingdon Press)
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