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But, it’s not Thanksgiving anymore

Posted by on Nov 25, 2011 in blog links | 2 comments

But, it’s not Thanksgiving anymore

So, the turkey has been eaten. The leftovers are stacked in the fridge. The relatives have returned to their homes. And thoughts have turned to Black Friday savings.

Thanksgiving is over; Christmas (shopping) is here.

I was thinking about this yesterday when I read the following on Dave Black’s blog (Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 8:26 a.m.):

“So, what will be our Thanksgiving verse today, honey?” Becky asked me as we sipped coffee this morning in front of a warm fireplace. The verse that came to mind was, of course, 1 Thess. 5:18: “In everything give thanks.” We both agreed that we should give thanks “in” everything but not necessarily “for” everything. After all, that’s what we have been taught all our lives. Then I remembered. “There’s a verse somewhere,” I muttered, “that says we are to give thanks for everything.” Indeed, there it was — Ephesians 5:20: “Giving thanks always for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God our Father.” Sure enough, the Greek preposition was huper, “for.” The takeaways from this verse struck us immediately:

  • Thankfulness is to be the consistent attitude of our lives; we are to give thanks “at all times” (pantote).
  • Thanksgiving must be more than an attitude, however; it must be expressed.
  • We must learn to give thanks not only “in” every circumstance of life but also “for” every circumstance of life.
  • A thankful spirit is possible because our gratitude is based on the name (character) of the Lord Jesus. Because He is our Master (He is in control of everything that happens in our lives), for us to be grumpy and gripy is like slapping Him in the face.
  • Thanksgiving is directed toward God our Father — our Creator God (who is sovereign over all His creation) and our Father God (who is our Abba, tenderly loving us more than any earthly father ever could).

And, all of this made me wonder… if we are not thankful today, were we actually thankful yesterday?


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  1. 11-26-2011

    Very encouraging points. I just love this steady stream of encouragements and insights that flow from this blog. Thank you, Alan, and all who contribute! I look forward to this blog every day.

    Thankfulness FOR every thing. I suppose it takes a long tome to capitalize the “g” in God in our lives in practical ways. I haven’t done well in this over the years, especially in the little, everyday, nagging things.

    To be thankful FOR everything means we are not in control–a scary thought at first, but also a great relief (because I stink at being god).

    One has to conclude that the kind of thankfulness that recognizes God’s Supreme oversight of everything in our lives, such that ultimately every thing is used for our good (regardless what our enemies might have intended, as in Gen 15:20), can make a profound difference in our lives.

    I am happy He will provide the grace to practice this in every fiery circumstance. God, under His wing and these truths lies the cool shade of peace and joy.

  2. 11-28-2011


    We talked about this with the church yesterday. Even more encouragement and challenges. I know that I do not thank God at all times nor do I thank him for all things. I’m definitely thankful for grace, though.