There is a familiar buzz in the air concerning the Holiday Season that is fast coming upon us. For instance, can you close your eyes and tell me what a pumpkin pie smells like, or can you tune your taste buds like tuning your car radio to 700 WLW. We are here all over again at the most wonderful time of the year.
I read a line written by Jayne Metzgar in regard to giving thanks (Thanksgiving), and it caught my attention. The question had been posed, “What was the difference between thanksgiving and gratitude? Thanksgiving differs from gratitude in this respect: it requires an object. There must be a Giver to whom we give thanks, and whom we acknowledge as the source of our gifts. Unless we can bring ourselves to offer true thanksgiving to the Giver, our happiness rests on shaky ground.”
The writer went on to say, “The same creation that God authoritatively declared “good,” He later declared cursed, and the goodness and the curse have been fighting it out ever since on the battleground of our daily lives. Very few of us will escape without some deep sorrow to wrench our gut or break our heart.” Today, you and I can live with an attitude of gratitude even when we find ourselves going through the severe trials of life.
That’s where thanksgiving, old fashioned Christian thanksgiving, can help us. While gratitude based on temporal things will eventually fail us, thanksgiving is an act of communion with the eternal God. As such, it anchors us to something that will last forever.
TIME FOR A RECALIBRATION OF THIS WONDERFUL CELEBRATION
HAPPY THANKSGIVING WEEK
Cleddie and GayNell
WE ARE THANKFUL FOR YOU