Into His Presence with Thanksgiving

Into His Presence with Thanksgiving

I am blessed to spend a lot of time with foreign students who have come to the United States to study. Each year I encounter several new friends who have never experienced our American Thanksgiving holiday before.

This week I asked some of these students to describe what they thought Thanksgiving was about. What I saw through their eyes was disheartening to me. This holiday, which was established as a time to contemplate thankfulness to our Lord and Savior, has become an orgy of gluttony. These students believe Thanksgiving is about nothing more than rampant overeating and overspending at shopping.

This has inspired me to put more “Thanks” into my Thanksgiving from now on. I want to set aside time to tell the Lord that I notice how very much He has done for me. I appreciate how He is working in my life and the lives of my friends and family. I want to thank him for each new day and for the people who love me. I’m thankful to be an American, and so very grateful that I am a follower of Jesus.

Oh come, let us sing to the LORD! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. - Psalm 95:1-2 (NKJV)

In this busiest of seasons, if I pause for even a few minutes I can think of many things to be thankful for. This year I want to be sure that my Thanksgiving holiday includes a time for going into His presence with thanksgiving. There is so much to be joyful about when you follow Jesus Christ.