PBK on Thanksgiving Day

“O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever. O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.” Psalm 136:1-3 (KJV)

Like most God-fearing and good parents, we all purpose to promote and help our children process and practice virtues. Virtues reflect behavior that that is involved with high moral standards. These virtues include: truth, honor, patience, goodness, charity, respect and giving thanks.

In the United States this is Thanksgiving week. Countless numbers of citizens will be celebrating with faith, family, fellowship, feasting and football. (On another note: this is not the time of year to be a Turkey!)

One of the family traditions that we promote in the Kings home takes place before dinner. Before the turkey, ham, collards, green beans, mashed potatoes, cornbread, macaroni and cheese, cranberry sauce, giblet gravy, an assortment of pies - apple, pecan, cherry (a healthy slice; heated and helped by two scoops of vanilla ice cream – a la mode is anointed! Amen!)…Anyway, I get carried away and my belly takes on biblical authority. I have no problem with compliance.  Well, as I was saying, before the thanksgiving throw-down, our tradition is that we place a letter underneath each dinner setting that corresponds with the words Thanks or Thanksgiving, depending on the number of people in attendance. During the course of the meal, everyone will have the opportunity to take the predetermined letter and share a thought regarding something for which they are thankful that corresponds with the letter. For example if your letter is “T” you could offer, “I am thankful for God’s truth, trustworthiness, His touch, time that we have” etc. Following dinner, we then have a toast and prayer of thanks.

As you gather with family friends this Thanksgiving, I pray that you will be caught in a godly grip of gratitude. I encourage you to courageously thank Him for your challenges and be swept away with the sweetness of His goodness and mercy in your life. Be especially thankful for the Gift of God which is eternal life through Jesus Christ Our Lord.

Have a blessed and beautiful and bountiful Thanksgiving!

For the Glory of God,