Thursday, November 6, 2014
1 Thessalonians 5:18
In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Family is arriving for Thanksgiving. They meet and greet and each family member brings delicious dishes to go with the host family's turkey. The men sit around the television waiting for the annual Thanksgiving football game to come on. The kids play with each other in the back yard. The women prepare the table and meal. Thanksgiving is a great treat for the family to get together and visit and eat. The greatest treat and gift from God is to be thankful for all the year's blessings.
The women call in the kids to wash their hands and get them sat down at the table set especially for them. Then the women pry the men away from the television and sit them down at the main table as well. The big kids get to share the main table, unless there is no room, then they are sent to the little kids table. The head of the house says grace and then they go around with their thankful statements. It starts with the head man. He is thankful for his beautiful family that God has graced him with. The wife then goes on and says she is thankful for being with all the family again for another year. Grandma is thankful for her grand kids. Grandpa is thankful his wife let him live another year. They all chuckle.
The Aunt and Uncle are thankful for God's provisions in time of need. One cousin is thankful for the college he attends. The younger kids are thankful they have laptops, tablets, iPads and iPhones. What do they know? They're kids, right? Then their parents remind them of the important things in life and they squirm in their seats.
As grandpa gets ready to carve the beautiful turkey that his daughter prepared, God asks the turkey, "What are you thankful for Tom?" The turkey looks up at God and asks, shaking and nervous at his upcoming demise (granted, he's already cooked, but just work with me), "Are you kidding me Lord? They are about to eat me!" God again asks, "What are you thankful for?" Tom scratches his head (yes, again, work with me), and thinks, "Well, I've been fed real well I guess. I use to have beautiful feathers. I was created by You Lord and free to roam (thinking to himself, "Only to get shot and plucked and packaged and cooked and ate".) "I suppose I'm thankful for that". God nods His head, even considering what the turkey was really thinking. "Anything else?", God asks. He looks up at God and answers, "Anything else? I'm about to be carved up and eaten!" God says to him, "Look around you and what do you see? I see people getting together with family and enjoying a meal together. I see them giving thanks even though some have had hardships, and I see you with a purpose." The turkey shakes his head and says, "Yes, this purpose of Yours is for people to eat me." "Yes", the Lord says. Some of the family members have struggled to put food on the table because of a job loss. "I see", said the turkey. He thought about and told God, "Yes, I am thankful for being of service to these people." The the grandpa carved the turkey and they ate happily and were thankful.
See, even a turkey can be thankful at Thanksgiving even though he will be gobbled up, so be thankful in everything.
I know my turkey humor was a little odd but that's my humor at times. A little humor, even though odd, goes a long way. Enjoy the holidays this year and be thankful all year.