There is an excellent piece for Thanksgiving by my friend and former instructor, Russell Pulliam, a columnist for the Indianapolis Star. Among all the annual posts and prompts to give thanks, I urge you to read this one piece that is a gentle reminder of Psalm 103:2: “Forget none of His benefits.” I have no doubt you’ll be encouraged.
Often, we are so present-minded and living in the moment that we take for granted God’s movements throughout history. As Pulliam notes, “Faith in Christ is the driving force behind so many benefits we take for granted today—the consensus against human slavery; rights of free speech, press and religion; advanced medical care; wars on poverty; civility.”
In other words, to have thanks for the benefits specific to you and your family, we should recognize the wider scope of God’s blessings that made today possible. We live in a country that has truly been blessed through our Founders’ recognition that it is God who endows us with certain rights because we are human beings made in his image. These rights give us the ability to live our lives according to the freedom we have in Christ, raise up our children according to the timeless truths in scripture, and the freedom to give thanks to God for everything we have.
I had the opportunity recently to pray with Dr. Dobson and a member of Congress. That moment struck me with profound gratitude that we are able in this country to pray with and for our government leaders. We can openly encourage them to continue to protect religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and our nation.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving, let’s give thanks for our great country and our great God who deeply cares for us. As Psalm 103 says, forgetting none of His benefits.
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