Give Thanks

American Thanksgiving might just be my favorite holiday. There's a tradition in my mother's family to get together every year and rotate who hosts. We've been doing it since 1984, so I literally cannot remember a Thanksgiving where my mom's side of the family hasn't gathered for laughter, joy, and giving thanks.

Turkey and dressing is my personal favorite meal, so adding Grandma Powell's teacakes and some pumpkin pie totals out to the best food day of the year. But while that's good, I honestly find myself looking forward to my uncle's corny jokes and the annual Scrabble game more than the food. Being together is the highlight of the holiday.

Humans in general are not good at being alone. We're designed to live in community. Psalm 133 is a very short psalm, but it hits the nail on the head. "Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore."

If you don't have a family tradition, or circumstances have dictated that you aren't able to be with your family and friends this holiday, I hope that you'll reach out to someone. Call a local friend, get with someone else's family, and be part of what they do. Don't miss this opportunity to rejuvenate your soul in fellowship with others. Take a chance to declare what God has done for you, and to praise Him for the change in your life. Psalm 75:1 is my theme verse for this holiday. "We give thanks to you, O God; we give thanks, for your name is near. We recount your wondrous deeds."

Be blessed, and have a happy Thanksgiving!

Pastor Josh