It was a special time! We gathered around the table for a meal and between the main course and several pies, we would have each of the family and guests share something they were thankful for in the past year. As each person shared, we would reflect on memories, wonderful events, and even times that brought tears.
I challenge you to gather where you are tomorrow or this weekend and ask each person to share something they are thankful for. In fact, make this a habit to regularly talk about moments in your lives that reflect the goodness of the Lord. Cultivate the spirit of gratitude in each other because we live in a world of complainers. But those who know the Lord realize how good He has been to us; all undeserved.
Asaph begins Psalm 75 with these words; “We give thanks to You, O God; we give thanks, for Your name is near. We recount Your wondrous deeds” (75:1). The benefit of sitting around a table or just getting together and talking about these special events is so we don’t forget them and pass their memory on to our children and others. The more we do this the more we will develop a thankful heart in ourselves and in others. This was the instruction to Israel in Deuteronomy 6:4-9. Oral story telling not only helps the memory, but it helps strengthen relationships. Let this be the highlight of this weekend.
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