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.— Ps. 100:4-5

In the week before Thanksgiving a fourth grade teacher asked her class to write a paragraph entitled: ‘What I am most thankful for on Thanksgiving Day’.  All Joey could write was: ‘I am thankful that I’m not a turkey at Thanksgiving.’

November is a dark, bleak month. Most of the leaves have fallen and the weather is getting colder. We might even experience a little snow soon. (I hope not too soon.) BUT November’s claim to fame is that it also brings families together to celebrate Thanksgiving. *We, as a nation, will consume 51,000,000 turkeys and the number of people who travel for Thanksgiving is 39,000,000. Thanksgiving truly is a family day.

Thanksgiving should be celebrated every day, not just one day a year. We should be praising God and thanking him every day for the many blessings that we have. Start and end each day with thanksgiving. God gave us 1,440 seconds in a day. Have you used one to say thank you? Make a list of things and people for which you are thankful. I’m sure that most of us could come up with many more reasons than little Joey. Thank God for what you have, trust God for what you need. When you sit down at your Thanksgiving meal give thanks for the love that surrounds your table and give thanks for the God that created that love.

Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.— W.J. Cameron

*Source: USDA Natonal Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Census Bureau, MSN Research   Date: July 13th, 2014

Peace and Blessings, Pastor Susan