Is the holiday Thanksgiving?

The Thanksgiving Malliday is almost upon us.  I didn’t even know that’s what we call it now until I started googling around to see if Thanksgiving was still alive.  In the newspaper this morning I saw how one can buy new cars, mattresses, and furniture to celebrate the "holiday".  

What holiday? 

Is there time to eat turkey on Thanksgiving anymore?  Between online deals and more than 200 retail chains open on Thanksgiving, it seems that shopping is what Thanksgiving is all about. 

We tend to think this is a new problem with society - not being grateful.  But I fear we've just figured out new ways to soothe our problems rather than giving thanks for who we are and what we have.   Paul writes to the Colossians: 

May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.  He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.  (Colossians 1:11-4)

Thanksgiving is an opportunity to stop and be grateful.  Our prayer is that we might be thankful daily for all that God gives us.  Whether we shop on Thanksgiving or not. 

We'll be looking for you tomorrow so that we might tell you how thankful we are for you and for Jesus in our midst.  See you at 9 or 10:30. 

Blessings, 

Vikki

(Inspiration for this devo came from here: http://sojo.net/blogs/2013/11/18/scripture-death-thanksgiving-colossians-111-20/ )





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