Greetings Friends the world over! This is the time for Thanksgiving in America. Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, November 25, 2021.
Thanksgiving is the essence of goodness, decency, and equity in the human spirit which stands inviolate and knows no borders. It is the epitome for nobility and charity which grounds us to our commonality as people of all language, color, ethnicity, and nationality, making us humans made in the Creator’s likeness. (Gen.1:26-27) Sometimes gratitude does not come easily for some because of our biases and prejudices. Each day we must fight the dark side of our natures to remind us of our humanity with two simple words, “Thank You!”
To say “thank you” is to express the dignity and decency of our humanity replicated in the Creator’s likeness. “Thank you,” (English) “Danke” (German), “Mahalo” (Hawaiian), “Merci” (French), “xiexie” (Chinese), “Terima Kasih” (Malay), “Takk” (Norwegian), “Kamasahamnida” (Korean), “Paldies” (Latvian), “Gracias” (Spanish), “Spasibo” (Russian), “Dhayavad” (Hindi), “Dziekuje,” (Polish), “Obrigado” (Portuguese), “Vinaka” (Fijian), and hundreds and thousands of languages and dialects all speak the language of this larger-than-life divine attribute.
The Scriptures tell us, “Thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live” (1 Thess.5:18). Yes, God want us to live with thankful hearts He has given, so let us not deny our common heritage in this beautiful act of gratitude to each other, especially at this time. There is no place for hatred or malice in the thankful heart for the light of God through His all-embracing Love shines through and breaks through all forms of darkness.
A Happy Thanksgiving All!
Personal Blessing: Until we meet again in my next post, may the blessings of the God who ceaselessly expresses Himself in His dependable Triune Love, be with you always. Be strong in the Lord’s joy.
Farewell for now!