Thanks And Giving

by cobaltandrising

Thanksgiving is for…cooking in the kitchen with Mimi…watching the Cowboys after the feast…pumpkin pie (or pecan?) for breakfast the next day…taking it easy…and giving thanks to the Giver of all things.

Might I also ask something of you this Thanksgiving week?  Take some time and read this blogger’s post about Jonathan.  A couple of weeks ago, a team of normal, everyday people like you and I traveled to Ecuador on a trip for Compassion International.  They saw, served, blogged and changed the hearts of all those following their journey from afar.

Instead of rushing out to shop in an early morning hour this Black Friday, would you reconsider?  Would you pray about where your finances could be better used?  Perhaps dedicate your Black Friday spending spree to children in need instead?

The “Jonathans” of the world would be so blessed if you did.

Giver of all good things, we thank you:
for health and vigour,
for the air that gives the breath of life,
the sun that warms us,
and the good food that makes us strong;
for happy homes and for the friends we love,
for all that makes it good to live.

Make us thankful and eager to repay,
by cheerfulness and kindliness,
and by a readiness to help others.

Freely we have received; let us freely give,
in the name of him who gave his life for us,
Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

— Thomas Ken (1637-1711),
the author of the traditional doxology, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow.”