“May God be gracious to us and bless us, and make His face to shine upon us…Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for You judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You.” Psalm 67:1-5
With Thanksgiving coming up on Thursday, I’ve been thinking about what it means to be thankful. Being thankful is an exercise in something we’re not very good at as humans: humility. It’s about recognizing that we’re not in total control of our lives and being happy about it. For us to intentionally set aside time each year to be humble and recognize how fortunate we are as people almost boggles my mind. And yet that intrusion into our lives is something that God, and we humans if we would admit it, crave. These verses in Psalms are filled with reminders that God is completely connected to our every reason to be happy and thankful, and that we’re not alone in this journey called life.
Every year since 1621 officially, and for centuries before that unofficially, people have been gathering together on Thanksgiving Day to recognize ways their lives have been blessed by intrusions from God and the other people and things in their lives.
This Thanksgiving as you hopefully gather around a table with friends and family, thank God for being in control of your life. God knows what you need, what I need, what we need as a nation and what we need as a world. God hasn’t let us down yet and I don’t think He has plans to anytime soon.