thank You!

I’m going to have to follow in the footsteps of some of the great Xangans who have gone before me and sign off until Monday. I already have things crowding my family time, and I want this Thanksgiving to be warm, relaxing, and joyful. I feel soooooooo thankful.

Speaking of thankful, I’ve been wondering something. How long is it going to be culturally acceptable to wish someone a “Happy Thanksgiving?” People who hate the word Christmas because of Christ seem to embrace the Thanksgiving holiday with open arms. Why? What is it for? Who are they thanking? What does it mean to be thankful? Where did those people come from that you’re so thankful for?

Psalm 100 gives us the answer–

Shout for joy to the Lord all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with Thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Thanksgiving may not be spelled with C-h-r-i-s-t, but there is no thanksgiving without Him. Have a beautiful Thanksgiving, wallowing in your blessings (and lots of gooey gravy)!

18 thoughts on “thank You!

  1. ch1pch0p

    Turns out you’re wrong. They said on the Today Show this morning that Thanksgiving is “spiritual but not religious.”


    When you get a chance, read jedlund’s post from yesterday. I think you’ll understand.

  2. bekisue

    Wonderful insight. I never thought of that. Let this help me to tell them to remember who they are thanking. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I do appreciate you.

  3. jbnygaard

    I am so thankful for my friend who has written a book with a chapter on mother-in-laws. God has opened my eyes WIDE to see things differently and I am reading Ruth to get better insight on how God wants me to be a better daughter-in-law.

    This year I (not my husband) suggested we spend Thanksgiving with his family and not mine. A couple years ago, I would have never even allowed the thought to come to my mind.

    Thanks Marla. Seriously. And have a AWESOME turkey day!!

  4. gsowell

    ^Kim, you are gross. Really, really gross!^

    Marla, you are so right. Isn’t it sad to look out at our neighbors and our society and see what a dark place they live in. We’re hard-wired to know that being thankful is an admirable quality. We throw around the term “ingrate” as an ultimate insult. But there are SO many people who don’t know the One to Whom we should be grateful, the One we can thank for all things, the source of our thanksgiving. Maybe as we pray our thanks and celebrate with our families this year, we can all pause and pray for the lost to see the Light of the world.

    Have a great time with family! Talk to you next week!

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