Nov 22

Thanksgiving Prep: For Gratefulness

2006 at 1:38 pm   |   by Carolyn Mahaney

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving! This is the big Mahaney holiday of the year. While many couples trade off spending Thanksgiving/Christmas with one side or the other, we have chosen to focus on Thanksgiving which allows our daughters to make their in-laws a priority at Christmas.

For anyone who is interested, we will be posting a photo-diary of the Mahaney Thanksgiving over the next several days. We’re sure to provide you with a few laughs, and you’ll want to find out who triumphs in the great football rivalry: Kristin or Chad! Also, check back for a special Thanksgiving Friday Funny.

As we make our final preparations for the Thanksgiving meal, for memories and for people, we must not neglect to prepare for gratefulness. This prayer from The Valley of Vision is a wonderful way to begin the Thanksgiving day or Thanksgiving meal. Contemplation on this quote from our favorite Mr. Charles Spurgeon will also stir up up gratefulness to God for His many blessings:

“The fear of a man who really knows the love and goodness of God, will be somewhat of this kind: He will fear lest he should really be, or should seem to be, ungrateful. ‘What’ he asks, ‘can I do? I am drowned in mercy. It is not as though my ship were sailing in a sea of mercy; I have been so loaded with the favour of the Lord that my vessel has gone right down, and the ocean of God’s love and mercy has rolled right over the masthead. What can I do O Lord? If thou had given me only a little mercy, I might have done something, in return, to express my gratitude. But oh! Thy great mercy in electing me, in redeeming me, in converting me, and in preserving me, and in all the goodness of thy providence toward me;—what can I do in return for all these favour? I feel struck dumb; and I am afraid, lest I should have a dumb heart as well as a dumb tongue; I fear lest I should grieve Thee by anything that looks like ingratitude.”

May your Thanksgiving be full of moments of gratitude as you contemplate the drowning mercies of our God!

“O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” 1 Chronicles 16:34