Â One of the delightful things about Thanksgiving is the name of this holiday: thanksgiving. “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise; be thankful to Him and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations” (Psalm 100:4-5).
As we rejoice in God’s provision for us (symbolized by the big turkey on the table with all the trimmings), we want to remember our thanks to God goes far beyond this: we bless Him because He is good, He is everlastingly merciful, and His truth stretches beyond our own generation to those to come.
Tomorrow is the day of many preparations. As we prepare the meal, the table, the house, and everything else, let’s remember to prepare our hearts to be thankful to God from the moment we rise until we fall back into bed. Thankful as we roll out the dough, peel the potatoes, and iron the napkins, thankful as we prepare those foods everyone has come to expect for Thanksgiving dinner. Thankful if something breaks or spills or burns or is forgotten or unappreciated. Thankful as we wash the dishes. Thankful for leftovers. Always and for everything, giving thanks!