Thanksgiving is coming! Covenant Grove will again be having an amazing Thanksgiving Eve Service, including time for people to share stories of how God has done great things this year. I love this service, because I love hearing the testimonies of God’s greatness.
We need a holiday like Thanksgiving. We need it every year. We could probably handle having it more than once a year. I am not talking about the food – we need a time to remember to be thankful. Gratitude changes us, gives us perspective, and adjusts our attitudes. When we are thankful life just seems to go better. Yet so often we wait to be thankful and miss the joy that God has put before us.
Psalm 135 calls us to praise the Lord – because He is great, has chosen His people, has done great things, gives justice, is stronger than the idols, and delivers His people. When I think back on my life, I realize that I have a list like this – times in distant past and in my own life where I remember the greatness of God and I overflow with gratitude. I think about deliverance from danger and financial stress, about how Jesus saved me and called me to follow Him, about how I have seen Him work even this year to do great things for His great name. I can think back to my favorite characters and stories in the Bible. When I think about these things I am energized and the struggles of life seem so small.
Don’t wait to be thankful. Make a point to praise our Provider, every day. This is a great season to remember that our Lord is so great!