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Semper Informanda: Prolegomenon
A Vote of Thanksgiving
What are you thankful for? When the Sunday School teacher asked her class what they were thankful for, one little guy replied, "My glasses."
He explained, "They keep the boys from hitting me and the girls from kissing me."
Well here it is, it's almost Thanksgiving! It is easy to forget about Thanksgiving, or possibly think we missed it, as we are already being inundated with Christmas paraphernalia! Is my memory failing me, or was there a time in history when the Christmas decorations didn't come out until after Thanksgiving? Not only that, but we have Halloween which has become the number-two day after Christmas! Hard to believe, isn't it?
Not that I have anything against Halloween, however I'd like to place my vote for keeping Thanksgiving right up there after Christmas and Easter. It is a great day, not because of the sumptuous food we feast upon, but because it is a day where we stop and reflect on how good God has been to us.
In Psalm 100 the Psalmist reminds us to:
Shout for joy to the Lord all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness: come before Him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is He who made us, and we are His; we are the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving
and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.
For the Lord is good and His love endures forever;
His faithfulness continues through all generations. (NIV)
Paul reminds us in 1 Thessalonians 5, verses 16 through 18 to, "Be joyful always: pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." (NIV) How many times have you spent endless hours seeking the will of God? Well, we see here that part of his will is giving thanks in all circumstances.
Thanksgiving must be a big deal to the Christian! Thanksgiving should be that day that reminds that we should be thankful year-round. Let me close with a great poem by A.B. Simpson. I trust that you will enjoy it. And have a WONDERUL Thanksgiving! Oh yes, and you have my permission not worry about cholesterol, fat, sodium, sugar or calories! Just have a great day - and be thankful!
Once again our glad Thanksgivings
Rise before our Father's throne,
As we try to count the blessings
Of the years so swiftly flown;
As we trace the wondrous workings
Of His wisdom, pow'r and love,
And unite our "Holy! Holy!"
With the seraphim above.
As we gather 'round our firesides
On this new Thanksgiving Day
Time would fail to count the blessings
That have followed all the way;
Grace sufficient, help and healing,
Prayer, oft answered at our call,
And the best of all our blessings,
Christ Himself, our All in All!
While we love to count the blessings ---
Grateful for the year that's gone,
Faith would sweep a wider vision,
Hope would gaze yet farther on:
For the signals, all around us,
Seem with one accord to say:
Christ is coming soon to bring us
Earth's last, best Thanksgiving Day!
Dr. Bob Orner
Dean of Students
Guest Lecturer Practical Theology
Director of Field Education
Orlando Semper Informanda | Volume 7 Issue 13