Today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. It’s an annual holiday that falls on the second Monday of October. It’s a time to give thanks for everything that we have been blessed with over the past year. It’s a time for families to gather around the dinner table to share their fondest memories with each other.
For many years as a family we had included other non- relatives (single parents, international friends and university students) into our home to experience our Thanksgiving dinner. This also allowed our children and our grandkids to have their own memories of what a true Thanksgiving dinner looks like with our special guests included.
Thanksgiving dinner to me goes beyond the lavishly prepared meal. Over the years I’ve used it as a time for us to recall the family’s history of how God has graciously answered our prayers, how He has sustained us and how He has kept us in a foreign country. It’s my time to set up and strengthened our pillars (reminders) of God’s faithfulness…lest we forget.
Our motto was:
“After a meal, satisfied, bless GOD, your God, for the good land he has given you.
Make sure you don’t forget GOD, your God, by not keeping his commandments, his rules and regulations that I command you today.
Make sure that when you eat and are satisfied, build pleasant houses and settle in
See your herds and flocks flourish
And more and more money come in
Watch your standard of living going up and up—
Make sure you don’t become so full of yourself and your things that you forget GOD,
Deuteronomy 8:10-16 MSG
I’ve lived pretty long enough to hear folks requesting prayers:
- to find a job
- prayers for a spouse
- for healing after a doctor’s diagnosis
- a rebellious child
- an exam
- going through a divorce
and certainly the list can go on and on… but I trust you can follow my trend of thoughts.
So what comes next after any or all of these prayer requests are answered?
Do we just start a celebration and throw the wildest party … or should we stop and give thanks?
What are our plans when our bellies are full, when we live in pleasant houses, and when we are enjoying good health?
Regardless of whatever else maybe happening – there’s ALWAYS something to thank God for.
***** It’s the perfect time to make sure we do not become full of ourselves and forget God.
Wishing all my fellow Canadian citizens a Happy Thanksgiving Day.
God promises if we do not forget Him – He will take us into:
A land where you will eat food without any shortage
You won’t lack a thing there
A land where stone is hard as iron and where you will mine copper from the hills.
You will eat
You will be satisfied
And you will bless the LORD your God in the wonderful land that he’s given you.
Deuteronomy 8:9-10 CEB