Friday, December 5, 2014

Keep Giving Thanks

Psalm 100:4-5 (NIV) Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.  For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations. 

Don’t you hate those people? 

You know, the ones who have the bulk of their shopping done and houses fully decorated.  Meanwhile, my gut feels like it contains a hamster working an exercise wheel.  Things to do.  Things to do.  Things to do. 

It’s Christmas panic!  And it happens to me every year right after Thanksgiving.

This past Sunday marked the beginning of Advent.  In church this means we have special readings, decorate with greenery and light one additional candle each week on the Advent wreath.  But what does it really mean?

Advent is defined as the arrival of a notable person, thing or event – like the advent of sliced bread or color TV or internet shopping.  In church circles, advent is the 4 weeks prior to Christmas when we anticipate and prepare for Christ’s arrival.  I have several thoughts about these preparations and will share them in the next few days.  Today I’d like to link Thanksgiving with Christmas.

On the first Christmas, God entered human history and lived among us.  Jesus was literally God with us, Emmanuel.  Psalm 100 tells us to enter His presence with thanksgiving and praise so it’s appropriate that Advent starts right after Thanksgiving.  But let’s not abandon our grateful attitudes just because the American holiday is behind us.  Let’s continue to be deeply grateful to God as we anticipate His arrival.

Thanksgiving brings us into the presence of God. (tweet this)

Like a productive garden, a rich relationship should be tended regularly.  To be reminded to plant His Word in your heart, follow me on Twitter @Cathy_Chung or subscribe at Seeds of Scripture.

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