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Pardon me for the common matter of bringing up Christmas in the context of Thanksgiving. But I keep thinking about “The Christmas Carol” story where the Cratchits are feeling thankful for their measly bit of a meal and the little they get on Christmas Day.
It reminds me of a church member I knew who grew up very poor. He said he and the rest of the kids in the family would get one piece of candy for their present, so they would get up early on Christmas morning, gratefully eat their candy and go back to bed.
I dare say most of us can afford more than one piece of candy for our kids, grandkids or other relatives these days, but are we grateful for what we have? Someone has asked, “What if God took away today all the things we didn’t thank Him for?” I know I sometimes fail to thank Him for the simple things. And maybe sometime for the big things. Did I ever thank Him for the car I bought nine years ago (and still own)? Thank God it was still under the carport the last time I looked.
Thanking God is important, and the official day of Thanksgiving allows us a time to remember what we are thankful for. I think it should be more than a day to watch a parade on TV, eat a turkey dinner and then watch football in the afternoon. Rather, we should also look around the table and look into our own lives to see what and who God has given us.
The Bible tells us that “every good gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17). This gift also includes every test or temptation that He permits to draw us closer to Him. God also gives us salvation — and food, clothes, houses and talents — and on and on.
So, Happy Thanksgiving — and thank you for reading these words.
Donna Crowe is a minister’s wife.