Devotion and Prayer for Week of November 20, 2011

Meditation for the Week of November 20, 2011

 

Thank God For All His Many Blessings To Us!

 

Martin Luther in one of his famed table talks said this:

 “The greater God’s gifts and works, the less they are regarded.”

 

Robert J. Morgan in his book, “Then Sings My Soul” Volume 1 speaks to this quote by Martin Luther and makes the following observation.  “We tend to exhibit a degree of thanksgiving in reverse proportion to the amount of blessings we received.  A hungry man is more thankful for his morsel (small portion) than the rich man for his heavy-laden table.  A lonely woman in a hospital will appreciate a visit more than a popular women with a party thrown in her honor.”  Morgan continues and says. “If the birds only burst into song once a year, we’d all pay close attention.  But because they sing every morning, we scarcely bother to listen.  Now is as good as time as any to deliberately thank God for something you’ve never mentioned before in Thanksgiving.”

 

I wonder how many of us do spend time each day thanking God for His gifts to us?  It is maybe easier this year when we consider the natural disasters that have befallen our fellow countrymen along the gulf coast and the northeast.  With four major hurricanes hitting this year, the flooding rains in the northeast many in our country have family or friends that have somehow or in someway been affected by these storms. So it is in a way easy to say thanks Lord that we did not live there or experience the weather they experienced.

 

Thanksgiving Day has its origins as a holiday in the early beginnings of our country. It took an act of Congress to declare it a holiday, a day to be set aside to give thanks.  Yet in a way should not the life of a Christian be a daily exercise of thanksgiving?  We can and should give thanks for the little things each day, the birds of the air, the trees and plants, the clouds and sun, the rain, the snow and the days that are dry.

 

And there is even more when we consider the jobs we have or have had and the daily bread God has provided through those jobs. Our gracious God also provides gifts of home, family, clothing and so many material possessions to us. Truly it is hard to begin each day not being aware of our need to thank God for all that he has given us.

But when all is said and done, it is not the material blessings that are the highlight of our existence – it is the gift of Jesus Christ, His life, His death, His resurrection that supersedes all the other blessings we have received from God.

 

My encouragement to you this November is to make every day a Thanksgiving day.  As you pray each day, you can give God thanks for little things, like singing birds, falling leaves, the gentle breeze on your cheeks and big things, like Jesus, your faith, our congregation. Remember to thank God for each specific thing.  Soon you will find that without thinking you will be constantly giving God thanks each and every day for all His benefits to you.  Give thanks this day and every day.

 

Prayer for Thanksgiving Week

Gracious God, I come before you with gratitude in my heart and praise upon my lips. I thank you that You have opened Your hands to supply our needs and Your heart to forgive our sins. Continue Your blessings on our beloved land; grant us an enduring peace and continued prosperity.  Let Your Gospel be preached throughout the length and width of our nation for the salvation of many souls. Hear me, O Lord, for the sake of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen