we must remember that we don’t have to reinvent the wheel to get our message
across. Rose Taylor has said this better than I did, and I want to share it
with all of you.
DON'T FORGET THE GIVING!
are told by Paul in his letter to the Hebrews: Hebrews 13:16: “Do not forget
to do good and to help one another, because these are the sacrifices that
also tells us in his letter to the church in Corinth: “And God, who supplies
seed for the sower and bread to eat, will also supply you with all the seed you
need and will make it grow and produce a rich harvest from your generosity. He
will always make you rich enough to be generous at all times, so that many will
thank God for your gifts which they receive from us. For this service you
perform not only meets the needs of God's people, but also produces an
outpouring of gratitude to God. And because of the proof which this service of
yours brings, many will give glory to God for your loyalty to the gospel of
Christ, which you profess, and for your generosity in sharing with them and
everyone else. And so with deep affection they will pray for you because of the
extraordinary grace God has shown you. Let us thank God for his priceless gift
(2 Corinthians 9:10-15)!
seems to be the middle-child holiday that becomes more and more overshadowed by
its siblings, Halloween and Christmas. After all, Thanksgiving does not have
the pageantry of Halloween, with its costumes, parties, and candy. Neither does
it have the glitz, glamour, hustle and bustle of Christmas, with colorful
lights, frenzied shopping, and expensive gifts. However, many people claim
Thanksgiving as their favorite holiday
Thanksgiving is a more peaceful time after the chaos of Halloween and before
the overwhelming rush toward Christmas. Families gather during other holidays,
but Thanksgiving tends to lead our thoughts to family scenes of eating together
from a bountiful, beautifully decorated table and of relaxing together while
enjoying a football game. Unfortunately, those visions of peaceful fellowship
have been a bit tarnished recently by the specter of Black Friday events that
begin on Thanksgiving Day. However, Thanksgiving seems to be the holiday when the
road leads to home.
we enjoy the abundant blessings of family, food and security, we should be
mindful of another road many travel that leads to poverty, homelessness,
fractured families, abuse, hunger and despair. Thanksgiving is a wonderful
holiday to gather to celebrate the blessings God has given to us, but the
spirit of the holiday should call us to action throughout the year. Our
Thanksgiving must become Thanks Living. The giving and living part of our
thankfulness to God is found in compassionately serving those on the beaten
path. Hebrews 13:16 urges, “Don’t forget to do good and to share what you
have because God is pleased with these kinds of sacrifices.
we become so focused on thanking God for being the recipients of God’s blessings
(and we should) that we forget the giving aspect of Thanksgiving. God has
blessed us so that we may multiply God’s blessings by our giving of blessings
Something to think about and do . . .
You All and Happy Thanksgiving,