Daily Dose, Nov 22 — A Psalm for Thanksgiving

  God’s blessings to you and yours today as you gather with family and friends and fest on the bounty of holiday delights. Tables will be full of turkey, stuffing or dressing (depending on where you are from) sweet potatoes casserole, an array of side dishes and rolls hot from the oven. After that meal of abundance will come the deserts like pumpkin pie, pecan pie, cakes and all kinds of treats. At some point before this special meal is shared hands may be held and a blessing prayed as family and friends pause and reflect on all they are thankful for. We are thankful for life, for family, friends, memories, thankful for those precious family members who have passed on and the love that has been shared. Thankful for all God has done in our lives, hearts filled with Thanksgiving and praise as we turn our faces towards the heavens and say thank you for all you are and all you have done in our lives and throughout history. Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: “The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things! The Lord’s right hand is lifted high; the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!” I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done.  The Lord has chastened me severely, but he has not given me over to death. Open for me the gates of the righteous; I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous may enter. I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.  (Psalm 118:15-21) A heart filled with thankfulness is a heart positioned to praise God for all His mighty works! Today we lift up our hearts in humble praise and give thanks just as the hymn draws us, “Give thanks with a grateful heart, give thanks to the Holy One. Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ His Son…And now let the weak say I am strong, let the poor say I am rich because of what the Lord has done for us….give thanks.” Happy Thanksgiving! -- Rev. Terri Henkel