Think and Thank

Read: Psalm 103:1-12

Perhaps you heard the news story recently about the 26 year old woman from China who spent a full week (24 hours a day) in a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant after her boyfriend broke up with her.  When she was interviewed about the reason for her long stay she said, “I just needed some time to think.”

While that story is far beyond most of our comprehension it reminded me of what Thanksgiving Day is really about.  It is a day (24 hours) that gives us a special time to think about the things that we are thankful for in life.  Yes, we should do this throughout the year but there is something special about a devoted time to specifically think about one certain thing.  It helps us to focus.

Psalm 103 is a Psalm written by David.  David was a man who thought a lot, he was also a man who gave thanks a lot.  The Psalms hold many treasures of thankfulness that are often used during this time of the year.  In verse 1 he gives praise and thanks to the Lord with all of his heart and with all of himself.  In verse 2 he says, “I will never forget how kind he has been.”

On this week of Thanksgiving please don’t spend all of your time at KFC thinking about the many things you have to be thankful for, but do take time to think and focus on them.  Enjoy your family, your dinner, your football, your shopping, and whatever else this week might hold for you and your family, but most of all give thanks!

Make it personal:  Find a different and new way this year to give thanks.  We all have our normal traditions which are good and helpful but many times it is healthy to change things up a bit and try a new way of expressing those things that you are giving thanks for.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving,  Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church