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The Rightness of THANKSGIVING . . .

The Rightness of THANKSGIVING . . .

 Next Thursday, November 22, is the day America celebrates Thanksgiving. For many of us, it is a very special day. We don't have to go to school or to work. We overeat and hope it is okay with God and our doctor (it may not be?). Hopefully, we get to see several family members . . . and it is a great day for parades, football, and movies.

 But we need to remember, it is a day we celebrate and focus on being thankful. I am afraid . . . that for many of us we forget to be thankful on Thanksgiving Day. Think about the irony of that.

 In Luke 17, we find a great story where Jesus heals ten men of the horrible, life-destroying disease of leprosy. The last part of the story has always jumped out at me. In Luke 17:15-19 (NIV),  it says "One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him, and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, 'Where not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?'"

 Ten people radically healed of a totally debilitating disease. And only one returns to say thank you? This was not right!

 Thanksgiving is such a right thing to do. It blesses us, it really does. It certainly blesses those we thank. It also truly blesses and pleases the Lord.

 Let's do something really right this Thanksgiving, let's be thankful. And let's continue this wonderful practice of recognizing our blessings and expressing our gratitude to God and others every day of the year. It is just the right thing to do!

 

Chris Craig

 Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Ruston, Louisiana

Author, Bible Prayer Book--"BECOMING A PERSON of PRAYER"

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