The magnificence [of creation] is not of its own, for all is maintained by My hand. There is no mind of beast or care of man that is not fully by My breath. I bring life from death, and light in darkness. In warmth I come to coldness, in substance from void. The depth of man’s debt is beyond fathom, and the love of the Father without measure. My ears hear the speaking of the heart, but the heart knows not the depth of its owe. The mouth stills for lack of words, the mind for lack of breadth, yet I hear and am pleased greatly by the attempt. He who returns in thanksgiving knows already partially what will be revealed fully, and as the child’s embrace is gentle in strength, its power enlights the greatest of fathers’ hearts. For this day is remembered, each in perfection, as the humble hearts return to He who has reached for them first, and in each return, the infinite love of He who loves perfectly, reflects perfectly again. I hear your heart of thanksgiving, and in joy is the heart of your Father.
Luke 17:15-18 (ESV) – Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?”
Bottom Line: The truth is – we cannot imagine how integral God’s hand is in our life. We may see the big stuff, promotions, stability, protection from that “near miss”, but we don’t really grasp how our creator God sustains us every day in such infinite detail. From the systems in our body to the systems of the cosmos, from the answered prayers to the million other invisible interventions that we did not even know to pray for, it is for these things that we give thanks to our wonderful God and Father today. His blessings are innumerable and our understanding is as limited, but He is pleased with our heartfelt “Thank You’s”. Make sure this is the true focus of today and everyday, when you find yourself contemplating His blessings in your life.
Bonus: The origin of our holiday, from a government we miss dearly . . .
Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor — and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.
Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. George Washington -1789