The thought of Thanksgiving always leads me to picture in my mind throngs of people filing through the doors of churches all over our land to “give thanks to God and praise His name ... because the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations” [Psalm 100:4-5]. However, this was not the custom where we lived before moving to Frankenmuth. In fact, so few people remained home on Thanksgiving that church services were really not possible. When we accepted that reality and moved our Thanksgiving service to the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving Day our church attendance improved dramatically. But even with that change, it was still evident that many people were “out of town”. And then we moved to Frankenmuth.
When Thanksgiving Day arrived the first year we lived in Frankenmuth I was absolutely blown away by the crowd of people in worship services. The church was packed for every service and chairs were set up in every isle. As I looked out on the crowd of people I couldn’t help but recall our past experience in our former parish and the thought ran through my head that I have discovered where all our members were going on Thanksgiving. They must have been coming to Frankenmuth. While the crowd of people in attendance at a Thanksgiving Church service is not as large as it used to be, it is still inspiring to see so many people gathering to say “THANKS” to God for all the blessings in our lives.
As we look forward to the crowd of thankful people in church, and the inspiring Thanksgiving music and message from God’s Word, let’s also look further forward, beyond Thanksgiving Day, to the 364 days that follow, and how we can fill those days with thankfulness as we transfer our thankfulness from our lips to our lives. Not only do we want to just say “thank you”, but also we want to live thankfully so that not only our words but our actions as well will proclaim our heartfelt thankfulness for all God has done for us and continues to do for us.
May our “ThanksGIVING” be transformed into our “ThanksLIVING” as together we strive to show through our daily words and actions HOW BEAUTIFUL IT IS TO LIVE WITH JESUS!