“And those who know Your name put their trust in You, for You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.” Psalm 9:10
Thanksgiving is thought to be a day to be Thankful for all that God has blessed us with…right? Then why doesn’t everyone feel that way today? Some may be struggling through personal struggles, whether it be family, health, or financial. While others find the get together with family that they don’t associate regularly with cumbersome and frustrating. Although I do enjoy seeing my family, I get what they feel. I may love writing this blog and facilitating a Women’s Bible study, but I’m also one that tends to stay to herself. It’s not that I think I’m better than others or that I don’t enjoy their company, I just like to spend time on my own with my little family unit. It’s also that I’m kind of a ‘plain Jane’ and feel like I don’t really fit in, in any particular group…family or not.
How about you? Are you someone that dreads these holidays? Or are you someone that gets all energized and excited about it? Which ever one you are I am going to ask you to think about the other side of the coin. If you are the one that loves these holidays and all the planning and get-togethers, think about those that are struggling and don’t push them to do what they aren’t necessarily comfortable doing. And if your the one that is dreading the time with family later…realize that those that are energized about it are getting JOY by YOU being there.
Now, you’re probably wondering why I would utilize the scripture that is above. Well, for me, scriptures like Psalm 9:10 give me strength when I’m struggling. It reminds me that no matter how difficult life can be at times, God is with me. Always and Forever.
Take a moment and look at what this scripture is saying, piece by piece (have I said how much I LOVE the Concordance???!!!);
‘And those that know’- to know-properly, to ascertain by seeing
‘Your Name’- an appellation (name), as a mark or memorial of individuality; by implication honor, authority, character…
‘Put their trust’-to hie (go quickly) for refuge; to trust, be confident or sure—be bold
‘In You, for You, O Lord’- self-Existent or Eternal
‘Have not forsaken’- (forsaken)- to loosen, i.e. relinquish, permit, leave
‘Those that seek You’-to tread or frequent; to follow (for pursuit or search); to seek, ask; to worship.
Giving our lives to Jesus is like a relationship we have with others. As with a day/holiday like today-we need to do OUR part. Relationships are a two way street. If we seek God, pursue Him-He will be there to sustain us-through the good, the bad and the ugly.
So, if you’re the one that LOVES this holiday and have family that don’t…use this scripture for strength and guidance to continue to love on that struggling family member. And if you’re the one that gets anxious for a day like today-use it as a mantra to help you through the day and ask God to show you how to find Joy today with those you love and those that love YOU.
Below is the proclamation that was made by President Lincoln concerning setting a day aside to give Thanksgiving to GOD.
Which ever type of person you are today, look for things to be grateful.
Today I am thankful for YOU, for my family, a bed to sleep in, a job that helps pay the bills, heat in my home in the winter and air to cool it in the summer…and most of all know that we have a God that loves us through it all.
I pray that each of you will find joy in the day today. My heart and prayers are with you.
With all my love and in Jesus’ precious name.
October 3, 1863
By the President of the United States of America.
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-eighth.
By the President: Abraham Lincoln
William H. Seward,
Secretary of State