Thoughts on Planting
Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart
By Bill Egan, Director of Church Planting
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.
Prayers of thanks and special thanksgiving ceremonies are common in nearly all cultures throughout the world. These usually coincide with the culmination of the harvest season. This is certainly true here in America. While the actual date of our American Thanksgiving celebration has changed slightly throughout our history, our modern Thanksgiving celebration has been fixed as the fourth Thursday in November.
Regardless of where we find ourselves during this season and on that day, whether at home, or sojourning in a distant land, prospering or struggling we are encouraged to pause for a special time of prayer and thanksgiving to the good and sovereign Lord who continues to watch over us and our nation.
I can’t think of a more appropriate time for us to pause and give thanks. This has been and continues to be a most unusual year. Like most challenges we face, we aren’t alone. In fact, if we were to pause and look we would find that we are indeed surrounded by brothers and sisters walking a similar journey. As followers of Jesus, we of all people have reason to rejoice in his goodness towards us.
As we look forward to our Thanksgiving dinner feasts with family and friends, lets not forget to intentionally pause and give thanks with a grateful heart. Make this Thanksgiving as unusual as the year we find ourselves in and celebrate His goodness. His love and provision does endure forever.
Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son
Henry Smith 1978