A Thanksgiving Remembrance
As Thanksgiving approaches, our hearts naturally turn to gratitude for the tangible blessings that surround us—family, friends, shelter, and sustenance. In the midst of the festivities and feasts, it’s crucial to heed the timeless words of Billy Graham: “May you also remember this Thanksgiving not only the obvious gifts that God has given you, but His spiritual blessings, as well. The greatest gift of all is Jesus Christ, and the salvation God offers us in Him.”
In Colossians 3:17, the apostle Paul instructs us, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” This verse challenges us to extend our thanksgiving beyond the material realm and into the spiritual dimension.
The Apostle Paul’s words remind us that every aspect of our lives should be lived in a manner that reflects the gratitude we have for the greatest gift of all—Jesus Christ. His sacrifice on the cross and the salvation offered through Him are blessings that transcend the temporal and reach into the eternal. This Thanksgiving, let our hearts overflow with gratitude not only for what we can touch and see but for the unseen work of redemption that God has wrought in our lives.
As we gather around tables laden with abundance, may we pause to reflect on the spiritual blessings that accompany our earthly provisions. Jesus Christ, the embodiment of God’s love and grace, is the cornerstone of our thanksgiving. His presence in our lives transforms ordinary moments into opportunities for worship, and our expressions of gratitude become a sweet fragrance rising to the throne of God.
In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, let us not forget to offer thanks for the forgiveness, redemption, and eternal life made possible through Jesus. As we count our blessings, may the salvation story be the melody that underscores our gratitude. In doing so, our thanksgiving becomes an act of worship—a response to the unfathomable love and grace extended to us through Christ.
This Thanksgiving, may our hearts resound with appreciation for both the tangible and spiritual blessings. In remembering the ultimate gift of Jesus Christ, may our gratitude be a reflection of our recognition of His lordship over all aspects of our lives.
BUT THANKS BE TO GOD, WHO ALWAYS LEADS US AS CAPTIVES IN CHRIST’S TRIUMPHAL PROCESSION AND USES US TO SPREAD THE AROMA OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIM EVERYWHERE.