As I am not the Holy Spirit, I will not be joining that choir.
One of the things I’m thankful for is that God delivered me from the need to tell the people I pastor how to think or feel about things…they are quite capable of doing so on their own.
My job is to just give people good things to think about.
For many folks Thanksgiving is the beginning of yearly sorrow that doesn’t end until Jan 2.
They not only have to deal with their own sorrow and depression, but the guilt laid upon them for not fully participating in the “happiest time of the year”.
I’m one of those people.
I participate for the sake of others, not myself.
I endure the season like one endures a dental appointment.
My challenge is to “rejoice with those who rejoice”… a challenge I’m just now mastering with the help of Jesus and kids.
It’s worth the effort… because I’m thankful for those kids and the people I know who love this season.
I’m thankful for a lot of things.
Being thankful or joyful isn’t something that should be contrived to satisfy the religious sensibilities of other people… people express their joys and thankfulness in different ways.
All those ways are received by God as praise.
So, I’m thankful for those who are excited about this season and I’m thankful for those who endure it like me.
Whichever side you fall on, I’m thankful for you.
I’m thankful to the God who has sustained us all for His many blessings.
May Thanksgiving and the season to come be the best it can be for you and yours.