Why be thankful in 2020?

This is certainly a most unique Thanksgiving holiday, isn’t it? 

Many of you will not be visiting family, or will only see them on Facetime or ZOOM. With coronavirus surges, election drama, economic concerns, and so much more, it might be difficult to imagine that we have much of anything for which to be thankful. 

But we’d be oh so wrong to think we don’t have reason for thanksgiving. This last Sunday, I asked people in our church to text in what they’re grateful for. A slew of texts came in, and we were able to lift up a meaningful prayer of thanksgiving to God. Included in these texts:

  • Those who serve our country in the armed forces.
  • Family and other people God has placed in our lives. 
  • My local church and the worldwide church!
  • Provision for my basic daily needs. 
  • The children in our church. 
  • The freedom to worship corporately. 
  • The peace of God even in troubling times. 
  • General health of me and my family. 

For many of you reading this, this list above is true for you also! Or at least most of the items listed are. But here’s a few more that were texted in that are ABSOLUTELY true for all who have trusted in Christ. These cannot change nor be affected, even in the craziness of 2020. 

  • God’s leadership and guidance. 
  • God’s beautiful creation. 
  • God’s Word, which is true for all of time. 
  • God’s sovereignty and reign over all. 
  • God’s faithfulness. 
  • God’s gift of salvation: Jesus Christ! 

Here’s a simple reminder this Thanksgiving, from the wisdom of some of Lamar’s members: our world and culture can shift like sand beneath our feet, but our God does not change! It’d be worth your time this Thanksgiving week to pause for at least a few minutes each day, and thank God for who he is. 

My Psalm of choice for this Thanksgiving week is Psalm 100. Be encouraged, and remember: These truths do not change, and for that we can be so very thankful. 

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
    Come into his presence with singing!

Know that the Lord, he is God!
    It is he who made us, and we are his;
    we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
    and his courts with praise!
    Give thanks to him; bless his name!

For the Lord is good;
    his steadfast love endures forever,
    and his faithfulness to all generations.

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