Thanksgiving

By Michael E. Brooks
thanksmeal2.jpg“For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving” (1 Timothy 4:4).
On Thursday, November 27, 2008 my wife Brenda and I were in Katmandu, Nepal. We were very aware that this was “Thanksgiving Day” in the U.S. which has always been one of our favorite holidays, and one that we celebrate with much pleasure and sincerity.
Traditional meals for this day usually include meats like turkey and ham, and dishes like dressing (“stuffing” for Northerners, but it is by no means the same thing), yams, green beans, corn, and lots of dessert (pumpkin and pecan pies especially). Unfortunately none of those delicious items were readily available in Nepal. Instead, we enjoyed pepper steak at our hotel restaurant.
Perhaps we felt a little sorry for ourselves, at least for a little while, but the meal was okay, and we were still able to feel gratitude for our many blessings. Thanksgiving is not a day, it is a character trait. It is not about what we have, or what we can do as celebration. It is about our understanding of and relationship to God.
What one eats on Thanksgiving (or at any other time) should not determine their enjoyment of the day. God is good, always, in every situation. We are blessed, far above what we can possibly understand or appreciate (Ephesians 3:17-20).
It is not the identity, the quality or the quantity of our food that best nourishes us; it is our gratefulness for it.
I pray that all who read this have enjoyed and appreciated the holiday we name “Thanksgiving.” I pray even more fervently that you practice thanksgiving continuously and thus receive its blessings.

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