Upon doing a word search, I discovered that the word "Thanksgiving" occurs 28 times in the bible.
It is not surprising that Thanksgiving means "Thankfulness" or "The giving of thanks".
I love Thanksgiving. It is one of my favorite holidays, just below Christmas and Easter. I love the food, the fellowship, the family-time, the food. Oh, and did I mention the food. : )
It is also a special time for me because 14 years ago on Thanksgiving day in 1997, my dear husband proposed to me right in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner. It is a very funny story.
I got in my head that we should all go around the table and tell one thing for which we are thankful. (Now, my family never did this before that year, but it has been repeated often since that year.) Chris may have planted that seed in my head, I cannot fully remember. Anywho, there were about 30 family members present. Finally, it was his turn (I had NO idea it was coming and neither did anyone else!)
He is being very sweet telling how thankful he is for me and I am leaking out of every hole in my head. Then he gets down on one knee! The leaking goes to a whole new level, turning into a full fledge flood. Now this is the really funny part. --
My Uncle Wayne also figures out what he is about to do and yells, "Stop! I have to go get the video camera!" Seriously, I am not making that up! : ) So, we all wait. Chris on one knee and me leaking everywhere. He returned after running upstairs to get the camera and Chris then continued. I love my Uncle Wayne and I have to say in hindsight I am glad to have it recorded on video. Thank you Uncle Wayne!
So, as we go around the table this Thanksgiving--- I am thankful for my Uncle Wayne, thankful for my wonderful husband and that he went through with the proposal 14 years ago, the beautiful children the Lord has given us, our health, our jobs, our home, our church family, our precious friends, Sammy (our dog), my extended family, and for the opportunity to write this blog and for all of you who read it.
Most of all, I am thankful for the Lord's love and grace. I am thankful for Jesus' sacrifice on the cross for me, that all my sins are washed away and that He has made all things new.
Let's look at some of those 28 verses and give Him praise and Thanksgiving......
That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all Your wonderous works. Ps. 26:7
I will praise the name of God with a song, And will magnify Him with Thanksgiving. Ps. 69:30
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever, Amen. Rev. 7:12
As we continue around the table, would you share with us one thing you are thankful for this Thanksgiving.....
Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Psalms 103:1