By Pastor Pat Giraldin | November 25, 2017
Thanksgiving is one of those meals where diets just don’t count. We celebrate all that we have to be thankful for by sharing a meal...a BIG meal, right? We have so much to be thankful for...so we stop, sacrifice, and share.
“The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;
to one who orders his way rightly
I will show the salvation of God!” Psalm 50:23
Giving something of value requires a sacrifice. We have all received a gift at some point that blew us away. It was not the cost, but the amount of thoughtfulness, time, and effort to get it for you...like they sat, planned, and considered exactly what you might want, and we are blown away. “Thanksgivingness” should be the same way. If our response to a gift is a light-hearted “thanks”, it requires little to no effort. But if you are truly thankful, there is measure of thankfulness that comes from sacrifice that honors the gift giver, and also has an interesting side effect: it changes us.
When we are sacrificially thankful, it produces a well of gratitude inside of us, and we become grateFULL! Awesome, right? Now we have all been given a gift so perfect for us, it is all that we need, and is priceless, yet some hesitate to open it. The gift is from God, and He has a name: Jesus. Sacrificially thanking God for what He has given doesn’t take from us, but actually fills us up! It’s a miracle just waiting to happen! Get it?!
In His grip,