Posted by: mikenicholsblog | November 20, 2016

a heart of thanksgiving

Every year as Thanksgiving approaches, we can look back over the last year and say as Charles Dickens did in A Tale of Two Cities, “It was the best of times and the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.”  Each year, we will find our past to be part joy and difficulty, smiles and tears, new energy and tired bodies. In 1621 when the pilgrims gave thanks, it was not without recognition of the heartbreak of the last year. When President Washington proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1789, he knew the struggles which were behind and before the people of the fledgling republic. But with a grateful heart, he declared it to be a day of prayer and giving thanks to God. Almost 300 years later the day is still special.  Joys and difficulties remain, but God is still good, and genuine thanksgiving to Him is in order.

For many, Thanksgiving is their favorite holiday of the year. Families gather.  The turkey and trimmings are great (and so are the leftovers).  Football fills the afternoon, and often there is a four-day vacation. If you are like me, those items alone create thankfulness, but there has to be more.

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.
Psalm 103:4-5

When life seems too difficult, He cares.. He is good and His love endures forever
When the sun is bright, and we can smile.. He is good and His love endures forever
When we pray, He has the answers.. He is good and His love endures forever
When we are fearful, grace is available.. He is good and His love endures forever
When hope fades, and no one understands.. He is good and His love endures forever

With all the joys and sorrows of the past year, one thing never changed. He is good and His love endures forever! It is easy to immerse ourselves in each new challenge, and forget that He is good and His love endures forever. In 1621, the pilgrims stopped in the midst of their struggle to give thanks. Should we be any different? He is good and His love endures forever.   As we celebrate Thanksgiving later this week, let those words ring clear. You may (like me) have a tendency to get caught up in all the earthly joy of the holiday, but God’s grace has been poured out on our country and our lives, and He deserves our deepest thanks and highest praise.

He is good and His love endures forever!

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Responses

  1. Wow! Well said Mike! He is so very good isn’t He!!


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