As Thanksgiving Day draws closer, I thought I’d repost this from last year. I’ve brushed it up a bit, but not too much, as I still wonder about much of what I wrote. Not to harp on it again, but this year will find me, hopefully, recuperating from an operation. The last few months have been nerve racking to say the least. However, my faith in God is strong and this is what I want to leave with all of you to ponder over the Thanksgiving Holiday. In all things give thanks.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving.
SOME THANKSGIVING DAY THOUGHTS
You know, God, there are times I just wonder about you! Particularly on this Thanksgiving Day, a day set aside for giving thanks. I guess I’m complaining God. Am I saying “God is” the problem? Or, am I saying God the problem is? I’m not sure, I guess you will have to search my heart and set me straight.
When I was a little girl, my mom taught me those little prayers to say before going to sleep, and the one we said before sitting down for a Thanksgiving meal. As you know, we rarely said a prayer at our regular evening meals. I guess my parents were just too tired to pray; or for whatever reason, we just didn’t. I wish we would have. I pray now, God, more than I ever did in my younger years, as you know.
I’m thankful my mother took me to church, and taught me to pray. I learned about your only son Jesus and how he came to earth to die so all mankind could be saved from sin. Yet you know God, when I look around at mankind there’s a whole lot left undone in that department and I wonder why. What I mean is: how did man get so mixed up in his thinking? That’s my main question. Then of course, how did man become so greedy? Why are the powerful powerfully rich? How can man commit so many atrocities against his brother man? It’s really hard to understand God and I have to dig deep in my soul to be like Jesus to forgive.
On the other hand, I guess the world really isn’t much different than when your son died to save mankind. The high priests in the temple of Jerusalem and the Romans who ruled them looked out only for themselves and what they could glean from the down-trodden. After 2000 years, God, we still haven’t learned the lesson of what your son was trying to impart to us when he said, “…Love one another as I have loved you.” John15:12 This is a tough lesson for us to master, I know, I am guilty of not following through also. So I wonder, if it is hard for me, and I know and love you God, how difficult must it be for those who choose not to honor you? I wonder if this is why the people of the world turn on each other and spitefully do them wrong? I really wonder about this one, God.
Why the cramping in my fingers God? Oh, you want my attention. Okay, I’ll pause and listen.
Yes, my beloved, I saw you as a child with your mother. I watched you grow and watched through the many choices you made. Some were wise, some not so wise. I watched you through your teens and into womanhood. I watched as you brought forth children and taught them my ways. I know of the many struggles you went through, for we faced them together. Yes, you look astonished that I say together, for my beloved, I did hear your prayers and I did bless the way for you. What may have seemed insurmountable challenges to you, was only my way of having you grow through them to become the strong and wiser person you are now. All that I do, my beloved, for you and for all that I created is as a teaching tool to bring forth a greater good (my good) in you and in my world. So as you wonder, my beloved child, the love I have instilled within you shines upon many who pass your way. This is ME expressing through you towards your fellowman. Continue to pray always, continue to show love, continue to give thanks, and continue to wonder about ME, it shows me that I am always on your mind and in your thoughts. “Peace I leave with you, MY peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.” John 14:27
Your voice within me faded God and all I can say is “thank you.” I have yet to understand the wisdom of your words, but I am growing and gaining knowledge, and will continue to wonder while giving thanks for all that you have given me.
Well God, I guess what I learned is just as I loved my children and hated to let them go out on their own, I had to let them go to make their own mistakes, yet trusting you to guide their way. This then must be the lessons the world must learn, and we as its people must trust you to make things right. So on this Thanksgiving Day my prayer is: Today Lord God, I place our world and all its challenges in your hands. Thank you for all the blessings you have bestowed to your world and for all the blessings that are yet to come. Amen.