During the summer and fall, Jonathon and I have been taking a brisk 4-mile walk through Groveport on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 6:00. Groveport is beautiful at that time of the day. (My personal bias is that Groveport is beautiful any time of the day.)
As summer turned to fall, I noticed Halloween lights – lots of Halloween lights, and it struck me how many homes were decorated for this holiday. On the Tuesday after Halloween as we walked up Main Street past a lighting display, I said, “Those folks still have their Halloween lights up.” Jonathon said, “No, dad. Those are Christmas lights.” I have some color blindness issues, and sure enough, he was absolutely right. The balls I thought were orange pumpkins were, in fact, red ornaments. There was also some lighted white snow and three little snowmen. I remarked that it seemed early for them to be up. Jonathon then told me that on the Groveport Community Facebook page (not the City of Groveport’s page) there was a trend of conversation along the lines that 2020 has been such a terrible year, people were talking about getting 2020 over as quickly as possible. They were saying: “Let’s jump over Thanksgiving, get right to Christmas, have some fun, get some presents, and move on to 2021.”
Here’s the problem: It is never a good idea to skip the gratitude. No doubt, 2020 has brought its challenges for all of us, but we are incredibly blessed. God’s love, mercy, and grace are amazing blessings. The fact that we have family and friends should cause a tidal wave of thanksgiving in us. I thank God 365 days a year that I am privileged to be part of Madison Christian Church. If we have food, clothing, shelter, and health, we are incredibly blessed.
The Bible is filled with reminders to us to be thankful. Check out I Chronicles 16:34,41; Psalm 95:2; Psalm 105:1; Psalm 118:21; Ephesians 5:20; II Corinthians9:15; and, I Thessalonians 5:18. Read them all, and you are just getting started. Far from skipping over thanksgiving, we should be asking God to deepen our well of gratefulness.
A psalm. For giving grateful praise.
1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.