Is it too late? Did I miss it? Did I blow my opportunity to blog about thanksgiving?
Yesterday we hosted our first Thanksgiving dinner away from home and the rest of our family. In fact, apart from Easter, this is the first major holiday that we’ve not been with them. It was a bitter-sweet experience.
Don’t get me wrong, it was wonderful! Dinner was amazing, our guests were awesome, the food was glorious, and we had a great time…but it was crazy! We spent the week preparing the house, cleaning, and decorating for the Christmas season (yeah, we started early, so what?) and the entire day literally in the kitchen! It has been a long couple of days to say the least.
All of that still isn’t the “bitter;” it was totally worth it (I love a clean house and lots of leftovers). We really felt the pain of missing family this year. My family has a huge 4-day-turkey-fest of good food, games, football, food, paintball, bowling, food, and overall joyful bliss and Lauren’s family has their own time-honored traditions and joy-filled pleasantries that we missed as well.We intended to bring many of these traditions and fun family-favorites into our home, but it seems the only one that stuck was the loud, crazy, screaming, crying and laughing that comes with the way both of our families interact! In all the chaos of the day, we had no time or mind for the fun traditions that have meant so much to us over the years. Dinner was so crazy that we didn’t even pray or give thanks for anything…ON THANKSGIVING!! Imagine that! As things settled, our company left, and our minds returned we realized our great blunder! What kind of hosts must we be to our guests to not bless our food or give thanks on the day of thanks-giving? But alas, we were overdue on our thanksgiving! It was too late to thank the Lord for all He has done. Too late to thank Him for His goodness…or was it?
Thanksgiving (or the giving of thanks) is an active response to and act of goodness. It is, at its core, a public celebration in acknowledgment of divine favor or goodness. His divine favor is upon us! His goodness (and act there-of) endures forever (Ps. 107)! He is always doing good, and His goodness is ever bent toward us! He is working all things together for the good of we who love Him (Rom. 8), always and forever! Why should we not thank Him for it continually? If He never stops doing good, should we ever stop thanking Him? If His good acts are without end (Ps. 40:5), who are we to only give thanks one day a year? Should we not cry out “Thank You LORD!” every day? Yes! We should do that, and more! In his first letter to the church in Thessalonica, Paul writes to be thankful (full of thanksgiving) in all seasons and circumstances. He tells the Ephesian church to “give thanks for everything,” not just for the nice fat turkey dinner on your table, but for everything and at all times (or throughout all time)!
David sang, “Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song!” So give thanks today! If you’re holiday was like ours, don’t worry, you didn’t miss it! You didn’t fail miserably! Every day is Thanksgiving in the House of God. His house is called the house of prayer (Is. 56:7; Mt., Mk, Lk), and prayer is an act of thanksgiving, so come to His house of prayer and celebrate in thankfulness all of His goodness! “Speak to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things to God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!”