As our family prepares for a 4th of July barbecue we are grateful for time off, time together, good friends, good food, and good weather. For us, the fourth is a fun celebration with lots of fireworks capping off the day. We are happy and blessed by these things and I suspect you are too.
The holidays, like other oft repeated things in life, however, are easy to take for granted…such lacadaisical assumptons stand on the opposite end of thanksgiving. A nonchalant outlook eventually leads to a sense of entitlement, which is never good for our souls, so that’s one reason I enjoy learning about history. A backward glance, has a way of correcting short sightedness. It refreshes my sense of gratitude. History reminds all of us about God’s kind faithfulness when people mind their manners –the behavior He prescribes–and these are things I need to know. Continue reading
I’m sending Thanksgiving thoughts across the miles while visiting another state. As we pause in our busy schedule to celebrate this special holiday, the words ‘Happy Thanksgiving” are popping up everywhere–on napkins, the news, banners, signs, ads, in songs-and even on tee-shirts. While a nice phrase, I can’t help but think of the incompleteness of those two words. Continue reading