“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving and a thank offering and into His courts with praise! Be thankful and say so to Him, bless and affectionately praise His name!” (Psalms 100: 4, Amplified Bible Classic Edition)
Thanksgiving is a blessed occasion to celebrate our gratitude for the good that we have. It is a day to recognize God as the abundant Source of this goodness. We can eagerly enter this wonderful realm of Love with a consecrated awareness of the blessings that are ours both to enjoy and to share.
Many of us come together today on this holiday, as we celebrate it in the United States, and are aware of our family, friends, and food! It is a joyous time, focused on gratitude and grace, and it should be a reminder to leave fear and anger and contention outside His gates.
We can actively express this grateful praise every day. Our offering to God is our recognition of His ever-presence and of His control over all. Our sincere thanks should be an acknowledgment not only of the good material gifts we see before us, but of those infinite qualities of good that are much greater and more lasting than a festive table setting.
Love, Truth, peace, joy, compassion, goodness, forgiveness, mercy, wholeness, unity, are the enduring ideas that make all the good we see possible and truly felt in our hearts. Let’s try to remember today and every day to give thanks to God—affectionately, lovingly, genuinely. Let’s remember gratefully that as we share these God-qualities, we ourselves are further enriched, all year long.
A Happy Thanksgiving to you!
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