Thanksgiving is often associated with family and food. Today was no exception for me. We had almost all of our family here for a turkey dinner today. That meant lots of food and lots of commotion with 8 adults and 9 children (ages 3 months - 8 years) in the house. But now that everyone has left and the house is quiet again, I find myself thinking about how blessed we really are. It is so easy to lose sight of the material blessings that we enjoy in this part of the world where we live.
But even more than the material benefits we have in our country and community, as believers in Jesus Christ we are blessed in ways that most people cannot understand. Yesterday in church we looked at Psalm 92 where the psalmist reminds us that "It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High..." It is good to give thanks... That is what this day is really about - giving thanks to the Lord.
I am reminded of a woman by the name of Katherine Mansfield. She was a gifted writer, but she rejected any knowledge of God. Due to health issues she moved to Switzerland where she was overwhelmed by the beauty of the mountains around her. She wrote to a friend, “If only one could make some small grasshoppery sound of praise—thanks to someone, but who?” How sad that anyone should have a heart filled with thanksgiving but not have anyone to thank.
The key to thanksgiving is not only to recognize our many blessings but also to recognize the source of those blessings and to give thanks to our Creator, the source of everything that we enjoy.
So, what am I thankful to the Lord for today?
There are certainly many more things I could add to this list, but above all, I am so glad that when I feel thankful, I know who to thank. "Thank you, Lord..."
Gordon Rowland has been a Missionary-Pastor with Village Missions of Canada for over 35 years. Gordon and his wife Val have lived and served in Clive since 2001. They have four children and nine wonderful grandchildren.