Getting Ready For
Every year around this time as the weather begins to cool and the days get shorter, well… as the daylight gets shorter, we as Americans, and particularly as Christians, start looking toward winter and the Christmas Season. Retail shops and advertisers turn the great part of their attention to this one holiday that historically has been shared by Christians and non-Christians alike.
There is another day of note that generally doesn’t get a lot less press or Ad attention, but it is also vitally important to the common good of our nation, whether all Americans acknowledge it or not. For all the years it has been established we have celebrated a day of giving thanks to God for His good favor, blessing and provision in keeping us strong and secure as a nation.
Though some would oppose the practice as being offensive to them as atheists or as haters of the nation and its symbols of freedom and justice, we who are believers in Jesus Christ and have seen and heard of the favor of God’s hand upon this nation from its beginning through wars and hard times, through tragedies and triumphs, through defeats and victories are glad to give thanks to God that we are privileged to have been born here in what is still the greatest nation on the earth, One Nation Under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.
Thanksgiving Day is not just a day for good eating and the fellowship of family and friends around the table, as good and as wonderful at that is. Thank You, Jesus!
It is a time for us to acknowledge our total dependence on God’s goodness, favor, provision and blessing on this nation and His continuing guidance and wisdom to keep us strong and to make us good as we yield ourselves to His will, His way, His Word by His power working in and through us as His people.
And for our part we must seize every opportunity to declare Him among the people and show His goodness to the nations. Every place we are should be a place where God can speak to us and through us by our words and our actions to show His goodness to the world.
Thank God for the privilege of being a carrier of life and that more abundantly through and by Jesus Christ our Lord.
Consider now Psalm 96 and let’s meditate on it over the next few days as we get ready for the Season and times of celebration to come.
“Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless His name; proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the Lord made the heavens. Honor and majesty are before Him; Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. Give to the Lord, O families of the peoples, Give to the Lord glory and strength. Give to the Lord the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come into His courts. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth. Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns; The world also is firmly established, It shall not be moved; He shall judge the peoples righteously.” Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; Let the sea roar, and all its fullness; let the field be joyful, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice before the Lord, for He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth. He shall judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with His truth.” Psalm 96:1-13