Are we truly thankful?

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”  

Romans 1:20-21

As I think about Thanksgiving this year, I wonder if we in America are really thankful. I mean, we live in the greatest nation on earth (no offense). Our nation was built by the hardest working men and women who sacrificed so many things, such as safety, security, comfort, familiarity, and even their own lives. Why did our national ancestors risk all they did – leave their homes, travel to a foreign land, fight for freedom, build a nation, fight for liberty for all men, defend the helpless, establish homes, and fight tyranny? Simple. They trusted in God. The evidence of our Christian heritage is all around us if we just look. And what did God do for these faithful souls? That’s easy too. We have unparalleled blessings in this country. I have been blessed to visit a third-world country twice so far. As much as I love my time there, I am always thankful for this Land of the Free.

So many things concern me about our future – killing the unborn is defended, marriage between those of the same sex is sanctioned, atheism is promoted, the Bible is ridiculed, violence is increasing, and someone will most likely die and others will be harmed in the quest for “good” deals tonight, tomorrow, and this weekend. Is this the nation for which our ancestors fought? In light of history, no, it’s not. It’s a nation more like Romans 1:20-21.

So, what do I want you to take away from this message? Whether you are sitting down to dinner or watching a football game, don’t forget to spend time today and every day thanking Him from whom all blessings flow. Let’s keep the “giving of thanks” in Thanksgiving.

Love, Elizabeth and the Lili & Mum’s Family

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