We Still Give Thanks


We Still Give Thanks!

This month, I would like to remind you of the simple but important act of being thankful to God for all that we have.

In an age where our most basic needs like food, clothing and shelter are, by and large met for most Americans, we can often forget to be a thankful people. We live during such a time of unprecedented extravagance compared to any generation in history.

I remember something my father who went home to be with the Lord did some years ago. As I was writing this, it seemed a good example to use. He would go to the supermarket and bring home his “treasures.” He would lay them out on our dining room table for us to examine and marvel over. As a boy, I didn’t quite understand why he was making such a spectacle for a loaf of bread, some canned vegetables and maybe a box of Tastykakes. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized that my dad had been raised during the great depression when such seemingly meager items were more of an extravagance. He was thankful!

Just imagine, if suddenly you couldn’t adjust the thermostat in your home to make it warmer or cooler or maybe you weren’t able to take a nice warm shower on a January morning without a great deal of work to do so. Well, believe it or not, most generations before us weren’t able to.

Most Americans just don’t have the perspective of former generations or less developed nations in the world have. I am not pointing the finger of judgement at anyone because three fingers would be pointing right back at me as I can easily go through my day perhaps without saying thank you to God for His provision. This is as much a reminder for me as it is for you.

There is so much to be thankful for and the “giver of all things,” the Lord Jesus Christ should be given thanks. Our hearts should be full of things to thank Him for.

Let this upcoming season be a reminder for us to be forever thankful to our Lord and Savior for it all…Our salvation, our relationship to Him and our loved ones and even our daily bread. It should be the earmark of all believers.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34

Pastor Bill Kluender