On this Thanksgiving, I’m not going to get preachy and admonish you about giving thanks to God. (Who wants to have someone wagging a holier-than-thou finger in their face, anyway?) So instead, I want to share an ancient thanksgiving, one that predated our American holiday by at least 2,300 years, give or take a few centuries. And it’s a very Jewish thanksgiving, too. Enjoy, and know that I’m thankful to God for all of you, for your thoughtful contributions to my own growth and learning on this blog.
A psalm. For giving grateful praise.
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
If I could remember to be this thankful in my worship of God, I don’t think I could imagine the joy and peace I’d inherit.
From my family and me to you and yours, Happy Thanksgiving!