Festival Blog

2018 Festival of Homiletics - Washington, DC

"Preaching and Politics"

 

Minneapolis

Thanksgiving (U.S.)

Image Credit: Giving Thanks by Hey Paul Studios on Flickr

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us who work with the Festival of Homiletics! We hope it is a blessed and meaningful time for you. 

O come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! 
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! 
For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods. 
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and the dry land, which his hands have formed. 
O come, let us worship and bow down,
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! 
(Psalm 95:1-6, NRSV)

Giving thanks is more than simply creating a list of things for which we are grateful; giving thanks is an act, a way of being, that involves our whole selves. Psalm 95 provides an illustration of this act involving "a joyful noise," "worship," and "coming into the Lord's presence."

What would it look like if we started each day orienting our hearts toward gratitude rather than going over the list of dreaded tasks? What would it look like if we danced and sung in praise of our God on Sundays instead of checking the time until the service was done? What would it look like if our gratitude overflowed from our lives and brightened others? 

Consider living into the act of thanksgiving each and every day, always knowing God is right there with you.  

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