The concept of gratitude seemingly surfaces once a year at or around Thanksgiving time. Not always successfully done, it surfaces because we are invited to eat a festive meal and give God thanks for what we have been given from the past year.
I think it goes beyond all that. The Pilgrim Fathers recognized that all they celebrated was the sum total of God’s daily benevolence. They recognized their very existence was completely dependent upon a God who would choose to be journeying with them daily. And at the happy feast to which all were invited, they broke bread and gave thanks to God…. together.
In this style of giving thanks, we see the model from which the annual celebration which we celebrate each year. I would draw more attention to the daily walking, talking with, and thanking God than reserving it for a celebration amidst turkey and football. It is that daily journeying with God that provides the most passionate understanding of how gratitude can work in your life.
Think a moment about your Thanksgiving dinner plate. What makes it onto your plate each Thanksgiving day? Is it the turkey? Pumpkin or pecan pie? Maybe those silly little crescent rolls you could eat 100 of at a single siting? If all we can do is enjoy them on that single day, we would. And we would recall how wonderful a treat was awaiting us at the end of the tip of our fork.
Why would we just eat it on one day? More and more restaurants are serving a sufficiently decent “thanksgiving dinner” with all the “fixins” on a seasonal basis as opposed to a single day journey into food bliss.
I guess the point that comes to mind is our gratitude needs to expand if it doesn’t move much beyond the Thanksgiving Day model. Is it possible to think of gratitude as a daily result of the journey with God? Could it be seen as a subculture of what God has already got in the works throughout his creation? Why then would we relegate it to a single day?
Look around you. No matter what you might be facing, be it difficulty, ugly circumstance, fair news, or good fortune, God has been, is, and will be journeying with you. God’s promise is to those who believe that He will bless them and keep them. He will shower His blessings upon them in all they do. They will be able to walk with Him sharing sunrises and sunsets daily blessed with the knowledge God is still in control.
No sense keeping that to just a single day. It isa blessing to be shared daily in our prayer life and in our daily life. God with us. Blessing us, keeping us close, and watching over us in all we do. In our recognition of all God is doing, recognizing His presence and His guidance in our lives, we most certainly can give thanks to God with attitudes that reflect the goodness and gratitude.