“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations”
This Thursday coming up as we all know is Thanksgiving, the historical day where we celebrate by being with our loved ones and eating a huge amount of food to the point of a massive stomach ache. As this is an annual holiday in the United States, I wish that this holiday wasn’t something that everyone did only once a year, but rather give thanks every day. We don’t always have the opportunity to see family all the time, but we are given the opportunity to be thankful for the blessings God has given us everyday.
Why should we praise God? He is our Creator, our Savior, our Sustainer, our Giver, our Father who give us love that never ceases, He is truly the Beginning and the End (Revelation 22:13).
We take a lot for granted: our family, friends, our professors, our God-given talents, even the air we breathe and the life we get to live.
This weekend, I went to my great-grandmother’s funeral and I realized a lot of things that day when we laid her in her final resting place. The first being the importance of family. No matter the occasion, whether it be a holiday or a reunion, or even a funeral, my family still comes together to have a wonderful time just being with each other. Even though we all had lost someone close to us, you could still feel the warm love all around the room.
A second thing I realized was how God used this service to remind me how precious life is. Ecclesiastes 3 states that there is a season for everything, and each season is a gift from God that we cannot waste. Time is a precious gift from God and we must manage it wisely because every moment in our lives will soon pass.
So, this week I encourage all of you to praise the God who gave you this wonderful life on earth. Give thanks to the things that you have in your life right now: the family that you have, the friends that you have made, the abilities God has given you in the classroom and in the real world, and don’t forget how blessed you are to experience life at Cedarville University. And for those of you who have lost something precious to you, whether it be a breakup or losing a loved one, thank God for time that you had with that person and hold on to memories that you have of them. It is hard to be thankful when you are in a dark season of life, but continue to be thankful. Because in the end, God is using every season of your life for a great purpose that we may never fully understand.