Wednesday, November 23, 2011

More Than Just a Day to Say Thank You

As the holiday approaches, I stop to contemplate thanks-giving. The subject of our celebration—gratefulness. The purpose of our gathering—the giving of thanks.

What is it that deserves this response of praise? This recognition of honor? What commands my thoughts as I meditate on this giving?

How can I choose when I have been given so much?

Yet to respond with a generic “everything” seems in itself dishonoring and inappropriate, ungrateful even.

To be truly thankful for all I’ve been given requires more than just a day of remembering.

It demands a life of acknowledging.

A life of choosing to see all that I’ve been given and responding to the One Who’s given.

More than just a day to say thank you.

A life of applauding instead of complaining, contentment instead of whining, appreciation instead of criticism.

A life thank-full.

Thank you, God, for life. For seven years cancer free and waking up in the morning to celebrate another day. For air to breathe, for food to eat, for eyes that see, and ears that hear.

Thank You, God, for family. For a husband choosing to walk this imperfect journey with me, growing and learning and loving together. For children who, like us, are not perfect but are ours and healthy and beautiful and Yours. For belly laughs and group hugs and family movie nights. For parents who love You and share wisdom and value marriage.

Thank You, God, for extended family and friends and acquaintances and friends who've become family and people who choose to smile in passing and offer love on the days I need it most.

Thank You, God, for the hard times I would have never chosen for myself and never want to go through again. Times that caused me to question and ponder and take a closer look and drink more deeply.

Thank You, Jesus, for the price you paid that I might be free and whole and healed and forgiven.

Thank You, God, for the Holy Spirit, Who empowers me to live this life and walk this journey and stay the course.

Thank You, God, for allowing me to choose and make mistakes and fall down and get back up and learn and find my way to You.

Thank You for choosing me.

Thank You for faith.

And love.

And mercy.

And grace.

And hope.

“O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.” 1 Chronicles 16:34

“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalms 34:1

“…in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

And thank You, God, for pecan pie.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! :)

3 friends had this to say:

Stacy @ Heartprints of God said...

"It demands a life of acknowledging."

"A life of applauding..."

Amen! Isn't God SO VERY beautiful to bless us as He does...through everything and in ALL THINGS?! Beautiful words, Shelly, spilling forth from a beautiful, Christ-filled, thank-FULL heart.

Happy Thanksgiving, sweet friend-
So very thankful for YOU~

Shelly said...

Thank you my dear friend, Stacy! And Happy, Happy Thanksgiving to you! :)

Linda said...

Shelly, Thank you for speaking truth in words that don't come to alot of us, but they seem to just flow out of you, Thank you for expressing a heart that is truly Thankful, I have so much to be thankful for my salvation, my husband, our children & their spouses, our beautiful grandchildren and awesome Great Grandchildren, God has truly been good to us and I can't Praise Him enough, Thank you for reminding us today it is all about His Love towards us, Amen We Love you Dearly
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