Have you ever wondered what holiday Jesus would love the
most out of all the holidays?It’s an
interesting question isn’t it? There is so many to choose from, and at this
time of the year they seem to follow in rapid order. So I ask you, what holiday do you think Jesus would love the most?After some soul searching, I believe
Thanksgiving would be a favorite if not the
favorite of Jesus.The idea of praising
and showing gratitude to our Creator and Sustainer is one Jesus promoted while
on this earth in human form.We are to
live and worship in thanksgiving.
Beautiful Psalm 100 instructs us to: Make a joyful noise to
the Lord, all the earth.Worship the
Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing.Know that the Lord is God.It is he that made us, and we are his; we are
his people, and the sheep of his pasture.Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise.Give thanks to him, bless his name.For the Lord is good; his steadfast love
endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
For many of us the Thanksgiving holiday is just a day off
work.For some it is a hassle rather
than a holiday if they have to cook or drive or get from one family home to
another… and no matter where we are, we over eat!Football games on TV and the parades with big
balloons, the smiling folk on floats and dancers are cool to watch but, basically
the day is only one of food and entertainment (and for many a lot of work in
the kitchen.)Somehow we have missed the
meaning behind the holiday and it has been relegated to being little more than
a marker for the start of the Christmas season with “Black Thursday” now
cutting into family time.
Giving thanks to God is something that we should do
naturally, it should be as normal as breathing in and exhaling out.I invite you to re-think the meaning of the
day and truly give thanks for what gifts you have in your life.We have much to be grateful for.