Giving Thanks to the Giver of Thanks
weekly devotions to refresh your soul by Dr. Dan Bolin - November 22, 2022
For one who has made thanksgiving the habit of his life, the morning prayer will be, “Lord, what will you give me today to offer back to you?" - Elisabeth Elliot
This week the USA celebrates our annual Thanksgiving holiday. In 1621 the Pilgrims offered thanks to God for His provision and protection – and for their survival. Each November, in some small way, we revisit and renew their hearts of gratitude.
Jesus provided a powerful thanksgiving model.
As Jesus prepared to feed 5,000 hungry listeners with only five loaves and two fish, Mark records, “Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves.” (Mark 6:41a)
Jesus was not overwhelmed by the magnitude of the challenge, nor was He traumatized by the insignificant resources available to Him. His thankful heart lifted His eyes on the Provider and Protector who was not intimidated by 5,000 hungry people or immobilized by one tiny lunch. Jesus simply expressed His gratitude for what He had – a tiny lunch and a great big Father.
After giving thanks, Jesus went to work meeting the needs of the people around Him. That is the ultimate expression of thanksgiving. Not merely appreciating a day filled with food, family, friends, and football but recommitting to reach out to a few of the 5,000 around us who need a little help.
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