The calendar says today is Thanksgiving in the United States, so we gather with family and friends to raise glasses, forks, and words of appreciation. We hold hands around the table and share prayers of gratitude to God, our Heavenly Father.
I love Thanksgiving.
Frankly, I sometimes wonder whether every day ought not to be Thanksgiving. Jehovah Jireh, the Divine Provider, meets our needs and more all year long. Still, we all need a reminder, at least once a year.
I’m thankful for premium provisions.
And my God will supply
very need of yours
according to his riches in glory
in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 4:19, ESV)
Glory be to the One who abounds in love and mercy and power. Even in difficult times, where budgets are bursting and future finances may seem uncertain, He is more than able.
“This is why I tell you: do not be worried about the food and drink you need in order to stay alive, or about clothes for your body. After all, isn't life worth more than food? And isn't the body worth more than clothes?
"Look at the birds: they do not plant seeds, gather a harvest and put it in barns; yet your Father in heaven takes care of them! Aren't you worth much more than birds? Can any of you live a bit longer by worrying about it?
“And why worry about clothes? Look how the wild flowers grow: they do not work or make clothes for themselves.
"But I tell you that not even King Solomon with all his wealth had clothes as beautiful as one of these flowers. It is God who clothes the wild grass – grass that is here today and gone tomorrow, burned up in the oven.
"Won't he be all the more sure to clothe you? What little faith you have!
“So do not start worrying: ‘Where will my food come from? or my drink? or my clothes?’ (These are the things the pagans are always concerned about.) Your Father in heaven knows that you need all these things.
" Instead, be concerned above everything else with the Kingdom of God and with what he requires of you, and he will provide you with all these other things.
" So do not worry about tomorrow; it will have enough worries of its own. There is no need to add to the troubles each day brings."
(Matthew 6:25-34, Good News)
Thank God. Oh, yes, we do.
A Joyful Thanksgiving
Vintage Postcard - copyright expired
Thankful at Thanksgiving
Adapted from public domain artwork
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