When we celebrate in the true spirit as the forefathers intended, American Thanksgiving becomes more than a harvest festival.
I hope this short account will motivate you to document your own family’s record of service, so that future generations can too remember the price paid for our freedom. And, don’t let this day go by without thanking a veteran!
“But you, Israel, are My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the descendants of Abraham My friend. You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest regions, and said to you, ‘You are My servant, I have chosen you and have not cast you away: fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.’”
While the modern city of Jerusalem is only a preview of the ultimate glory prophesied in Scripture, Psalm 102 concludes with a reminder that God’s “servants”—the Jewish people—will endure securely established in their ancient homeland.
No matter how far away or how long Israel has been removed from the geographical location, God has always returned His Chosen People to the land He promised Abraham, Isaac and the descendants of Jacob forever.
So the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness; sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
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But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me, and my Lord has forgotten me.” “Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I [God] will not forget you.
O God, You are my God; early will I seek You . . . When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches.
Rejoicing in the Law is alive and well in Jewish celebrations around the world and especially in the land of God’s ancient people. The Christian community would do well to make God’s Word a joyful priority again.
Heartfelt wishes for a happy Thanksgiving holiday weekend!
The sukkah memorializes God’s faithful provision in the past as Israel wandered in the wilderness. Waving the lulav joyfully acknowledges His bountiful supply in the present. But, there is also a future element to Sukkot.
The momentous 24-hour event of Yom Kippur draws attention to God’s provision for the annual covering of Israel’s national sin. A profound message, however, is embedded in the ancient ritual for all who live in the 21st century.
You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power. For You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.
May the year 5778 be filled with abundant blessing and peace!