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“Make a wish!”
As a youngster, I made many wishes on turkey wishbones.
Evidently those bones failed to fulfill the wish of the turkey. His fondest wish to avoid capture and death did not come true.
Paul, with faith in the Lord and love for his people wished to see the salvation of his kinsmen.
“I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh, who are Israelites (Romans 9:1-4a NASB).”
Israel’s orthodox Jews were in need of conversion and confession. Paul made their salvation his heart’s desire.
“Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. For not knowing about God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God (Romans 10:1-3 NASB).”
Our salvation, our forgiveness of sin is ample reason for thanksgiving and praise.
“He made him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21 NASB).”
Wishing on bones from a turkey carcass is foolish. I do pray for the salvation of many I hold dear. May God’s Spirit break my heart and give me a heightened sense of urgency to persevere in prayer.
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Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving Day?
It is not merely an American legal holiday. It is a celebration of life. We have received countless blessings.
Who deserves our gratitude?
Jehovah God is our benefactor. We give Him thanks.
“We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks!
For Your wondrous works declare that Your name is near (Psalm 75:1 NKJV).”
Going cold turkey?
Even before making New Year’s resolutions, many resolve to quit smoking, drinking of alcoholic beverages or other addictive behaviors. Declining outside assistance of support systems or medications, they think positive thoughts.
Oops! Wrong cold turkey.
Traditional family Thanksgiving dinners feature the fowl, stuffing and all the trimmings. The aroma of butter basted birds’ beckons from kitchens. Family and friends eagerly anticipate yearly gatherings around the dining room table.
Who gets to carve the turkey?
Drama continues after carving and feasting. What do we do with leftovers? Is that cold turkey desired or dreaded?
Visualize the remains of that scrumptious Thanksgiving turkey; once plump, it is now a skeleton on a spacious platter. Does cold turkey foreshadow feelings of sadness? The realization that another family gathering has passed may send a cold chill…
I want to keep the fires of Thanksgiving aglow.
The resurrected Lord sustains me; Christ Jesus dishes out the trimmings of abundant life. Knowing that He desires to fill me with His Holy Spirit, I come to Him with a hearty appetite. Thanks-giving is not a tip on a plate; it is praise on my lips.
My heart overflows…
“Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, overflowing with gratitude (Colossians 2:6-7 HCSB).”
I hope to one day meet you at his gates!
“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations (Psalm 100:1-5 KJV).”
Have a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving…
Turkey is the star of the Thanksgiving Day menu and will soon make guest appearances on America’s dining room tables.
Who gets the drumstick?
Our generation selects most turkeys from a grocer’s freezer section. For the most part, the days of hunting wild turkeys with bow and arrow are only a faint memory.
My memory takes me back to the late 1950’s. Our neighbors, the Wells family, owned a turkey farm. The fowls were brilliant white but their odor was foul (to say the least).
On Thanksgiving Day, Mom’s kitchen smelled scrumptious. Scents of freshly butter-basted turkey, homemade dressing, turnips, pumpkin and mince pies were tantalizing.
Are our prayers of thanksgiving a pleasing aroma to the Father?
“May my prayer be counted as incense before Thee; the lifting up of my hands as the evening offering (Psalms 141:2 NAS).”
As the countdown to Thanksgiving Day heightens anticipation, it gives me reason to offer prayers of appreciation. I am prone to pout about what I feel God has left out; instead, I ought to shout for what he has brought in! Christ has rewarded me richly for my daily walk with him throughout this past year.
“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him. Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving (Colossians 2:6-7 KJV).” I pause to express my appreciation to all pastors who have encouraged and lovingly helped in equipping me for service.
Many have gone on to their heavenly rewards; yet, their works follow them. (Revelation 14:13) I pen a roll call of recent pastors who diligently spoke the undiluted word of God. The Bible passages confronted me with my sins, convicted and challenged me to confess the wrongs to the Lord. They opened my heart to passages of comfort and peace.
Pastor Joe Fain:
Pastor Donnie Linson:
Oak Grove, LA
Pastor Johnny Smith:
Present Pastor, Rayburn McLarrin:
Oak Grove, LA