Thursday is Thanksgiving Day. I am so glad that there is a day set aside for Americans to give thanks for the many blessings we have. There are probably many people who won’t pause to take inventory of their blessings and thank God for them, but I intend to give thanks for how good God has been to me. I really don’t think we should be thankful on just one day, but I believe that we, as God’s people, should live in an attitude of gratitude. May God help us to be grateful people. There are many things to be thankful for today, but let me just mention a few that may be a bit unusual. They many not all fit together but they mean something to me.
First, I am thankful today for friends. What would we do without friends? I need friends and frankly you do also. How good it is to have someone who cares when you hurt, who tries to encourage you when you are discouraged, and who calls your name with kindness when you have blown it and lets you know they love you anyway.
Friends mean a lot to me even though I may not always know how to talk to them or express myself. Just to know they are there is a lift. I am so glad to have a good number of friends here in Cedar Springs. I also want to be the kind of friend that people know they can count on.
Second, I am thankful for direction. When I say this, I mean direction from God. I am so thankful I don’t have to stumble through life blindfolded and always wondering which way to turn. God’s Word has direction for me. The Holy Spirit is able to guide me in the right way. Thank God there have been times in my life when He has let me know, “This is the way, walk in it.”
Third, I am thankful for good memories. I can look back on 53 years filled with good memories. Sure there are some that are not so good, but I don’t want to dwell on those.
Some of the good memories include my upbringing. I hear or read about some who have horror stories accompanying their upbringing but with the writer of the Psalm I can say, “I have a good heritage.” My mother and father were godly people and they are a great part of the reason I am here today. I want to help create good memories for others, including my own family. Thank God for good memories.
I could go on and on counting my blessings, but I don’t want to bore you. I hope something I have said can be a spark to lead you to think of some of the things you have to be thankful for.
Happy Thanksgiving! May you have plenty of food, family, fellowship and football.
Pastor Knox Bullock
Pilgrim Bible Church
361 Pine Street, Cedar Springs