cross PixabayThis month is a time of thankfulness, thanksgiving, and recognition of blessings all over the country and even beyond. Scrolling through Facebook news feeds reveals post after post of what people are thankful for, focusing on the magnitude of our collective gratitude.

But the more I see, the more I recognize a nod to thanks without establishing the originator of the blessings. It’s often a feel-good thanks, superficial and humanistic.

And what happens the other 11 months of the year? Can we remember to praise Him when it’s not the Thanksgiving season? Do we see the many blessings the One True God pours out on us every day of the year? Are we faithful to share with others what He’s done for us, even when times are tough?

Today, as I compare the depth of His faithfulness to the frailty of mine, the disparity is clear.

He was born in a dirty manger so I could spend eternity in a beautiful heaven.

He loved me in my sin so I could love others in theirs.

He was sinless so I could become sin-free.

He was perfect so I could be perfected through His sacrifice.

He died so I could live.

He is faithful, even when I’m not.

Last week on The Voice, major contender Jordan Smith not only gave a tender, heartfelt performance of “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” in the final 12, but before his performance, he shared in video a powerful testimony to the faithfulness of our Lord Who, as he said, provided everything Jordan needed to do what he’s called to do–sing–which is impossible to do in his own strength. His tears as he spoke of the Lord (in the video) brought tears to my own eyes.

As we approach Thanksgiving Day, let’s approach the throne of heaven, crying out to the God of the universe, thanking Him for His bountiful blessings and His eternal faithfulness. Praise His holy name!

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
  His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods.
  His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
  His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of heaven.
  His love endures forever.
Psalm 136:1-3 & 26

Grace and peace be yours in abundance,