Sometimes blogs focusing on holidays get complicated and overthought. 

Sometimes we try too hard to pull out a little nuance and miss the obvious.  Thanksgiving is this week, and the theme is simple: Give thanks.  The Puritans set aside a day to thank God for His provision in the harvest.  The title of the holiday has, in some ways, helped protect the simplicity of the day.  Thanksgiving is all about giving thanks.  Some people thank God, some don’t.  But most everyone gives thanks to someone for something.

Thanksgiving Day is a great day to gather with family and friends and tell God how grateful we are for His provision.  While there are many things I am thankful for: family, friends, work, health, food, shelter, and clothing, to name a few; this year I truly am most thankful for God, His son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.  They have done for us what we could never have done for ourselves.  The Godhead provided for our ultimate need… redemption.  The Father planned it, The Son accomplished it, and The Holy Spirit applied it to all children of God.

Rather than elaborating, just let the words of Caedmon’s Call (one of the all-time great bands) song, Thankful, sink in:

You know I ran across an old box of letters
While I was bagging up some clothes for Goodwill
But you know I had to laugh at the same old struggles
That plagued me then are plaguing me still
I know the road is long from the ground to glory
But a boy can hope he’s getting some place
But you see, I’m running from the very clothes I’m wearing
And dressed like this I’m fit for the chase

‘Cause no, there is none righteous, not one who understands
There is none who seek God, no not one, I said no not one

So I am thankful that I’m incapable of doing any good on my own

‘Cause we’re all stillborn and dead in our transgressions
We’re shackled up to the sin we hold so dear
So what part can I play in the work of redemption
I can’t refuse, I cannot add a thing

‘Cause I am just like Lazarus and I can hear your voice
I stand and rub my eyes and walk to You
Because I have no choice

So, I am thankful that I’m incapable of doing any good on my own
I said that I’m so thankful that I’m incapable of doing any good on my own

‘Cause by grace I have been saved through faith that’s not my own
It is a gift of God and not by works lest anyone should boast

So, I am thankful that I’m incapable of doing any good on my own
I said that I’m so thankful that I’m incapable of doing any good on my own

Give thanks.  “Great things He hath taught us; great things He hath done.”

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