"At that time Jesus began to say, I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth [and I acknowledge openly and joyfully to Your honor], that You have hidden these things from the wise and clever and learned, and revealed them to babies [to the childish, untaught, and unskilled]. Yes, Father, [I praise You that] such was Your gracious will and good pleasure. All things have been entrusted and delivered to Me by My Father; and no one fully knows and accurately understands the Son except the Father, and no one fully knows and accurately understands the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son deliberately wills to make Him known. Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]
Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good -- not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne."
Christians should express a heart of gratitude, not only on holidays but everyday. If all Jesus ever did was die on the cross for us that we may be reconciled with Him, that should be enough. However, as love would have it, God is a God that desires to give His beloved children more than we could ever fathom or imagine.
All who receive Christ can receive rest, joy, peace, restoration, wisdom, discernment, reconciliation, and comfort as part of Christ's gifts. Yes, we have a lot to be thankful for. When we come to God as a Father, we must remember that he is Lord of heaven and earth, and we can have full confidence in knowing that God alone supplies us with all we need and with all that is good.
"Black Friday: Because only in America, people trample others for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have."
This is a true statement indeed. No doubt everyone likes a good bargain, however, have Christians today become so indoctrinated by the "World" that we have forgotten the ONE whom all honor, praise, and thanksgiving is due?
"Thanksgiving" is the expression of joy God-ward, and is therefore the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22), believers are encouraged to abound in it. Therefore, making that acknowledgment with praise and adoration towards Him. This is what it means to celebrate fully and to be truly thankful for those who believe.
Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org .