I know that Thanksgiving is over, but is it really? Do you have any Thanksgiving leftovers? Are you tired of eating turkey sandwiches with lots of mayonnaise? Yes, we have all of those leftovers to consume. Sometimes you just crave a bologna and cheese sandwich. What else do you have left over from Thanksgiving?
I hope that you have some praise and thanksgiving left over. Psalms 107:8 says, “Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men!” Thanksgiving doesn’t just happen one day a year. We are to continually give thanks to the Lord. Charles Spurgeon says in his devotion Morning and Evening, “If we complained less, and praised more, we should be happier, and God would be more glorified. Let us daily praise God for common mercies…” I thought about the phrase he uses, “common mercies.” There are common things that we are blessed with every day, but we fail to thank God for. Our food that we eat, the clothes that we wear and the homes God provides for us. In Romans 8:32 it says, “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” God is so loving and benevolent that if God did not spare His own Son on our behalf why would He not freely give us everything else that we need? Our God is a great provider. Let’s have some leftovers this Thanksgiving. Some leftover praise and thanksgiving. In Psalms 107:2 it says, “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary.” May God give voice to our praise. Let the new month begin with new songs of thanksgiving. The hymn writer Edward Perronet said it this way, “All hail the power of Jesus name! Let angels prostrate fall; bring forth the royal diadem, and crown Him Lord of all.” Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!
Blessings for Thanksgiving leftovers,
Rev. Richard Humphries
Pastoral Care & Sr. Adult Minister