it’s thanksgiving halfway around the world today. i believe that special day is even bigger than christmas in america. i don’t know why but here in the phiippines, christmas is the king of all celebrations.
i did a few clicks here and there and my search brought me to how thanksgiving came to be. accordingly, thanksgiving is a harvest festival largely celebrated in the states and canada. it is a day where farmers show gratefulness for a bountiful harvest. the turkey has then been a symbol of bounty and prosperity.
nowadays, the turkey still stands a the main symbol. but as lifestyle changes, thanksgiving is also associated with shopping and food.
this morning, an article from the phil. star caught my attention. it is about giving thanks. the artcle struck a a cord in me because in one way or another, we are like this. we tend to forget what is really important in life. allow me to share with you the article:
They have not served You . . . in the many good things that You gave them. — Nehemiah 9:35
During a Sunday worship service, our congregation said this prayer of confession in unison: “Gracious God, like many believers before us, we complain when things do not go our way. We want abundance of everything rather than what is sufficient to sustain us. We would rather be elsewhere than where we are at the moment. We would rather have gifts You give to others than what You provide for us. We would rather have You serve us than serve You. Forgive our lack of gratitude for what You give.”
Abundance is no guarantor of gratefulness or thanksgiving. Prosperity may even turn our hearts away from the Lord.
When a group of Jewish exiles returned from Babylon with Nehemiah to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, they gathered to confess their sins and those of their fathers. They prayed: “Neither our kings nor our princes, our priests nor our fathers, have kept Your law . . . For they have not served You in their kingdom, or in the many good things that You gave them, or in the large and rich land which You set before them, nor did they turn from their wicked works” (Neh. 9:34-35).
Confession is a powerful prelude to a prayer of thanksgiving. Obedience is the Amen. — David McCasland
Lord, we confess that we’re not always thankful for all You have given us. We owe our very lives to You! Help us to be filled with Your praises, and then to go out in obedience to serve You. Amen.
i hope that we, too can partake of this thanksgiving celebration. in our own way, let us not loose sight of what is truly essential in this world.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING, EVERYONE!