Thanksgiving Day

  • Nov. 26, 2009
  • #7194

Joni sings "Come Thou Fount" and shares some of the Thanksgiving blessings that she has received over the years.

Hi, this is Joni and today is Thanksgiving so sing along with me, would you?

Come Thou fount of every blessing.
Tune my heart to sing thy praise
Streams of mercy never ceasing
Call for songs of loudest grace
Teach me some melodious sonnet
Sung by flaming tongues above
Here's the mount I'm fixed upon it
Mount of thy redeeming love.

Oh, that is a beautiful hymn; I love that arrangement too. By my friend Mark Rice over at John MacArthur's church.  Love singin' it, and love tasting hot spicy cider. Boy, that will warm your innards on a cool day, won't it? And fresh fall air stinging your cheeks?  These are blessings this time of year! And it feels good to come from the outside where it's cold, through the kitchen door and breathe deep. I don't know what smells better: the pumpkin pie or the fragrance of fellowship. Then there's my favorite part: tasting the stuffing before it goes into the turkey - I love that! 

I have so many blessings to count from Thanksgivings over the years. When I was little, there was the time my daddy let me sharpen the carving knife. Then there was a Thanksgiving my girlfriend surprised me with a centerpiece for my table - she had arranged Birds of Paradise flowers and daisies and mums and, I tell you, the arrangement looked like I had a turkey sitting right in the middle of my table with that Bird of Paradise as the turkey beak. I remember the time my sister-in-law, Carol, and I - we still laugh about it to this day so many years later -- we remember that time that she helped me make this very special hors d'oeuvre: it was layers of cream cheese, walnuts, and spinach spread on a flour tortilla and you roll it up. Carol and I loved it... everybody else hated it. She and I ended up eating so many hors d'oeuvres before dinner, we had no room for turkey. Then there was also the Thanksgiving when I was first married that I made oyster stew for my Japanese in-laws. I was from Maryland and I loved oysters and I thought, well, don't Japanese people like raw seafood? Wrong! Ken's grandfather and I were the only ones who enjoyed the oyster stew and from then on out we left oyster stew to my sisters' Thanksgiving tables back east. 

Yes, I do love Thanksgiving. Family and friends and being grateful to the Lord... saying thank you from the heart and appreciating every sight, smell, sound, and most of all, smile. But I think more than anything what I am most grateful for - and I bet you are too -- on any Thanksgiving, or any day of the year, is the fact that our Savior, Jesus, remembered us on His cross. Oh, my goodness, friends! 

So on this Thanksgiving Day preach the gospel to yourself, would you? And just remember to allow that spirit of gratitude to well up within your heart and soul and overflow out to others. Speak often today around the Thanksgiving table of God's goodness through the salvation He has offered you and me. A salvation that cost such a great price: the death of our wonderful Savior. I am so thankful, Jesus, that you remembered me and thank you, Lord Jesus, for remembering my friends listening right now and make our fellowship around our Thanksgiving table today rich and sweet. Help us to think not so much about the food but about the fellowship that is spirit-blessed because of your love on the cross. 

So friend, count your blessings today and join me in celebrating that our great God and Savior has given us every one of them.

© Joni and Friends

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