The phrase, “Give thanks” is stated or implied many times in Psalm 136. The Thanksgiving Holiday season is, naturally, a prime time to give thanks. (However, for the Christian, the Thanksgiving season should be a year-round affair; that is, we always have something to be thankful for, moment by moment.) Below, I have taken time to reflect on a few things that I am thankful for.
Farm to Shelf
I am thankful for the perseverance and diligence of farmers that grow and harvest crops from land that was cursed with “thorns and thistles” (Genesis 3); land that does not always cooperate. I am thankful for farmers that raise cows, pigs and chickens. I am thankful for those that package food for its preservation. I am thankful for truck drivers that transport food and produce to local grocery stores. I am thankful for the many grocers that stock food day and night.
Work, Gifts and Dexterity
I am thankful for my dexterity. Like many American workers, I use a computer, and I use the keyboard ‘home row’ a lot (incidentally, I am thankful for my public high school education and, specifically, my typing teacher). I am thankful for the skills, gifts and intellect God has bestowed on me. I am thankful for the many work opportunities afforded me over the years.
The Splendor of Creation
I am thankful for the splendor of a sunrise and the vivid array of colorful leaves during Autumn. Reformer John Calvin saw this world as ‘God’s theater where His glory is always on display’. 24/7. Every moment we are treated to God’s glory in creation! The poet who penned Psalm 19 was quite aware of this (Go read it, if you are having trouble feeling grateful).
I am thankful for a patient family. You see, I can be difficult to live with! I am thankful that they put up with me – “my idiosyncrasies, warts and all”. I am thankful for a teenage mother who sacrificed for my brother and me. I am thankful for my late stepfather, Robert E. Frazier, who could have been the inspiration for the modern-day MacGyver TV series. My step-dad taught me to try my hand at household projects first, before calling a high cost professional.
I am thankful for the body of Christ; she is not always pretty, and she is not always faithful (Hosea 1; Ezekiel 16); but nonetheless, I am thankful for Christ’s bride. I am thankful for Christ and His finished and efficacious work on my behalf and those brothers and sisters yet to be added to God’s covenant family.
Your turn. What are you thankful for?
Dr. Luke Bobo (Ph.D) is the Director of Resource and Curriculum Development at Made to Flourish, in Overland Park, KS.