Doing What Comes Naturally

Psalm 84:2

My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God

We give thanks today for the many blessings God has bestowed on us, both individually and as a country. Everyone is thankful, Christian and non-Christian alike; believers, atheists, and agnostics.  We know at our core that we have not received everything on our own efforts.  We didn’t ask to be Americans.  We didn’t ask to have the highest level of living in the world.  We didn’t plan to have a country that others are willing to risk life and limb to come here.

We know to be thankful, and we are!

There’s just one thing a lot of people miss, particularly those who don’t believe in God. To whom are they thankful?  Are they thankful to the universe?  That’s just silliness!  The universe is not an entity or a person of any kind.  It is simply the label we apply to everything that exists.  It isn’t as if the all of the cosmic dust, planets, asteroids, suns, etc. had a meeting and decided to be especially nice to the North American landmass on the “third rock from the sun.”  There is no consciousness we can attribute to the universe to thank.

Ditto nature or whatever else you might come up with. We all know to be thankful.  Many of us simply don’t know or refuse to acknowledge to Whom we owe thanks.

I buy you a gift, send it anonymously, you get it and are thankful. You KNOW to be thankful.  You may even try to find out who sent the gift.

If that’s how you feel about a mystery gift at your door, how much more the gift of life and all it entails?

Psalm 106:1

Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever.

Today is the day we dedicate to thanking God as a nation for all of His bounty to us. That is appropriate.  It is also appropriate to be thankful every day, because…

Psalm 118:24

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

We all know to be thankful. That’s part of our makeup, something that should make us pause and either acknowledge, or at least start wondering, to whom we are thankful!

4 thoughts on “Doing What Comes Naturally

  1. Thanks for reminding us to adopt an attitude of gratitude not just at thanksgiving. It’s hard to show gratitude to anything beyond family and friends unless we acknowledge the contribution of the grand designer of the universe to each passing second

  2. Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving , Jeffrey 🙂
    Great point about how humans direct their thanks to the universe…
    It really is quite an absurd notion when you think about it… Sad too,
    though, since all that thankfulness is just “flung” out there in hopes
    it’ll somehow strike the ear of a faceless/nameless cosmic being
    that for whatever reason will hopefully care… :-/ 💜 Jackie@KWH

    • Thanks for you reaction! I’m glad I gave you something to think about. I recently went to a memorial dinner for a friend’s mother. None are Christian, but they had this…ceremony, I guess. Dinner and everyone talking about their departed mom. No God. No Salvation. It was, as you say, sad. Thanks for giving me a read.

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