Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Big Buts of Thanksgiving

And I'm not talking about the holiday weight you will inevitably acquire on this gluttonous day.

This Thursday every year, we easily give thanks for what we have. Facebook is such an indicator of this. Today my newsfeed is filled with bubbly messages about happiness and thankfulness.  Unfortunately, though, most other days of the year are filled more with complaints than thanksgivings.  And, for me, I find it easier to say, "God, thank you for my job..."

And, here's the big BUT.

"...BUT, it would be really great if I had some extra cash around the holidays."  I worry that sometimes I view God as an ATM/Dear Abby more than my maker and creator.

Every year at Bluehaven, I loved to sing the devotional songs because my little church back home didn't.  This song we sang word for word out of Psalms 95.

"Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
Let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. 
Let us come before him with thanksgiving
and extol him with music and song.
For the Lord is the great God,
the great King above all gods. 
In his hand are the depths of the earth, 
and the mountain peaks belong to him. 
The sea is his, for he made it, 
and his hands formed the dry land.

Come, let us bow down in worship, 
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker;
for he is our God
and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under his care. "  

This Turkey-Thursday, I am thankful for a creator.  No buts.  

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