Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Thanksgiving is for Pilgrims

Yesterday's devotional from Peter A. Kennedy:

Some seven weeks after the horrific events of September 11, 2001, Time Magazine printed an article by Nancy Gibbs entitled: "We Gather Together." Gibbs ponders the paradoxical nature of Thanksgiving that particular year. She wrote: "This is the kind of holiday we need right now, an intrinsically complicated one that comes at the end of a bitter harvest and yet finds something sweet to celebrate. Everyone is a pilgrim now, stripped down to bare essentials and a single carry-on bag to sustain us in a strange new world. So no wonder people are making a special effort to get home this year, set the table, unfold the napkins, make the time for a messy conversation with the people who know us best. This is where we find out how we are really doing on the character test: Have the events of autumn left us humbled, or hardened? Bitter at all we feel we have lost, or grateful for all that we once took for granted?"

Mature Christian character is grateful to the Lord during the tough times.

Today in prayer, give thanks to the Lord for all that He has allowed in your life.

"A life in thankfulness releases the glory of God." - Bengt Sundberg

God's Word:
"I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name ofthe LORD." - Psalm 116:17

"But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes from the LORD." - Jonah 2:9

By Peter Kennedy, Subscribe to Devotional E-Mail
(My daily devotionals include this one, RZIM, and Table Talk by Ligonier. I've been receiving Mr. Kennedy's devotionals since 1996)

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