A Reflection on Thankfulness

Dear Christian Radio,

It was September 15th of this year, and I was shopping at a big-box hardware store.  We were getting ready to start fall but officially we were still in summer.  To paraphrase Clement C. Moore, I was walking through the store when what did my wondering eyes should appear but a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer.  Yes, you guessed it, this store was already putting out Christmas decorations in the middle of September.  To my astonishment, Christmas decorations and décor were going up for sale in summer.

I am not writing an admonishment of Christmas but a reflection on thankfulness and the Thanksgiving season.  Christmas is a beautiful season.  It seeks to reflect the purity and humility of our Lord Jesus Christ who was born to the world that He created.  Christmas is a wonder and a miracle that unites the Body of Christ.

We also have a complementary holiday in the United States known as Thanksgiving.  Every year, it’s celebrated around one month before Christmas.  During Thanksgiving, we will give thanks to God and to each other.  It’s a holiday more about giving than receiving, but I fear its value is being lost as today’s society presses on.

The Thanksgiving holiday and the season around it is an opportunity to show gratitude, thankfulness, and love to one another and to our Lord.  Ephesians 5:20 says…

Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Likewise, 1st Thessalonians 5:18 says…

give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Gratitude is a virtue that we must embrace in our lives–to be thankful for all that we have been given.  We have been created in love in His own image.  Our sins have been washed away by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.  We can live each day in a world that is a masterpiece of creation.  And most importantly, we have the love of God embracing us and blessing us in our lives.

Thankfulness is about what we can appreciate in our lives.  We all have blessings that have been bestowed on us from God and they are not something that we earned.  It’s hard to be thankful when we believe that we have earned everything we have.  It’s easy to be thankful when we acknowledge what is written in James 1:17…

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Dear Christian Radio …

  1. Don’t forget thankfulness – remember a season of thankfulness this time of year.
  2. Gratitude – be thankful for how we’ve been blessed.
  3. Acknowledgement – remember that all good and perfect things are from above.

Blessings,

David Hodges
VP of Engineering / IT
Positive Alternative Radio

 

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