If you are looking for a good book to read during the Thanksgiving Season, I like to recommend a classic, The Hiding Place, by Corrie ten Boom.
In one chapter she recalls the time she and her sister were forced to take off all their clothes during various Nazi inspections at the death camps. She recounts having to stand in line feeling both forsaken and defiled when suddenly she remembered that Jesus was hung naked on the cross.
She said she was struck with wonder and worship during that seemingly forsaken moment. She leaned forward and whispered to her sister, “Betsie, they took His clothes too.” Betsie gasped and turned, “Oh, Carrie, and I never thanked Him.”
I was struck with a thought while reading that paragraph. thanksgiving does not require bounty, it only needs recognition of what our Savior has already done.
Let me encourage you all to spend time with your family and to celebrate Thanksgiving in a big way. We have much to be thankful for. But I also want to encourage you to be thankful for what Jesus has already done.
Here is a helpful exercise. On December 1st read the first chapter of Luke. On December 2nd the second and so forth. By the time Christmas Eve comes you will have covered the whole life of Jesus and what He has already done for us.
Thankfulness, should extend much further than just Thanksgiving Day.
This is my story…