Here, we are. We are on the threshold of the holiday season.
Thanksgiving is upon us and Christmas right around the corner.
However, the holidays are different this year. No party gatherings. No family get togethers. No Thanksgiving potluck.
It is different.
Still I suggest that different doesn't mean it isn't still special and joyous.
We still have much to be thankful for. We still have much that we are blessed with. We still have each other. It is just harder this year to celebrate.
I have heard a lot of people talk about creative ways they are celebrating with each other. Zoom calls are the most common. Taking time to share together in watching football while zooming. Eating together virtually. Spending some intentional specific time to talk with each other. All these ways and more will make our Thanksgiving time meaningful this week.
Yes, it is not the same. However, it is still a special occasion. It is still a joy to have each one of our family members participate and included in whatever we do.
As always it is appropriate and significant to include God in all that we do. We still, praise him and thank him for the blessings he has poured out on us.
We are grateful. We are thankful. We are appreciative of all Christ has done for each one of us.
We are reminded in the psalm we learned in Sunday School.
100 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
3 Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
5 For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
So, we say again:
THANKS BE TO GOD!!!