As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.




Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Giving Thanks to the Giver

Although many of my "favorites" are prone to change (favorite hymn, favorite poem, favorite book), my favorite holiday is pretty consistently Thanksgiving. Maybe it's because it is celebrated during the glorious autumn season. Maybe it's because I love dishes and napkins and tablecloths and an excuse to use place cards. It could be because I love being with my family and hosting family gatherings. It might be because the traditional Thanksgiving meal is just sooooo good. Or maybe it's because Thanksgiving is simple and straightforward; it's a low stress, one-day affair. I also love the inspiring history behind the story of the first Thanksgiving.

All of these things contribute toward making Thanksgiving my favorite holiday. But the nitty gritty of it is that Thanksgiving is a time to focus on gratitude. And being thankful is an empty idea, merely a feel-good exercise in positive thinking, unless we are offering our thanks to the Giver of the gifts!





Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him and bless his name.
For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. 

(Psalm 100:4,5)

5 comments:

  1. Amen!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Cheryl!

    Deanna

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  2. I LOVE your pumpkin... with that beautiful calligraphic word on it. Beautiful!

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  3. happy thanksgiving, cheryl!
    grateful for you, bloggy buddy ;)

    xo

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  4. Cheryl, as always a joy to visit! Your thoughts on being thankful without offering it to the Giver is so true. God is truly the giver of all good and perfect gifts.
    Enjoyed catching up on some of your previous post, too
    Tom Turkey will be a pleaser, and I know the grandchildren will enjoy him. ~smile~
    You farewell to fall is one of my favorite things to do, as a matter of fact we have a campfire ready for this weekend, that is if the wind dies down~ grin~

    Oh BTW the painting of the cabinets on a whim, sounds like me, ~grin~ I had a few projects I wanted to start while I was away from the computer, but dh brought me back to reality. ~grin~ Good luck with your project, I will be looking forward to seeing the results,.
    Sending much beloved wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
    Hugs,
    Sue

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  5. Cheryl, I love all of your reasons for your love of Thanksgiving. When I think of Autumn, I think of you. As always, however, you have gotten to the heart of the matter and pointed our eyes to our Saviour, which is where our eyes should always be. I'm not sure we can know what true, soul-deep thanksgiving is until we know something of how much we owe. I pray your Thanksgiving Day was full of love and family and food and joy and all that makes life meaningful and sweet.

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