Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ Our Lord! – Romans 7:25
Our Church recently had our Thanksgiving Celebration. Its always a highlight of our year as we break bread together and share stories of God’s faithfulness to us over the last 12 months. I’ve been a part of these types of events for about 15 years in 2 Churches. And I was reminded of a time 8-10 years ago at my last church that brings a smile to my face every time.
Congregants were sharing how they were grateful for their spouse or job or friends at the church. Some shared how God had gotten them through some tragedy or health crisis. There’s always stories of miracles people experienced throughout the year such as healing or a loved one coming to faith. All great stuff! All joyful. All to the Glory of God.
Then, suddenly, I saw a little hand come up from the pew where my family was sitting. It wasn’t my wife, or my two older kids, but my youngest, then 3 – 5 years old. Asher is the joy in our home. He’s giving, caring, and just simply fun. When he was young he had this very deep voice that sounded so funny on a little kid. I couldn’t wait to hear what he would share.
I walked over and handed him the mic. Everyone leaned in, assuming he would speak low. He too leaned in and there was a slight pause. Nothing uncertain, but certainly dramatic. And he said with such clarity and boldness in that deep bass filled voice, “I Thank God, fa God.” And he handed the mic back to his dad. Out of the mouth of babes!
That was it. Simple. Sure. Profound. “
‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise’!” (Matthew 21:16b). Indeed.
This Thankgiving, be sure to Thank God for God, for the gift of His Son given for us, for the love he has for us in Christ Jesus, and all our inheritance in Him. This Thanksgiving, I thank God for God.
10 Therefore David blessed the Lord in the presence of all the assembly. And David said: “Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. 11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. 12 Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. 13 And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name. – 1 Chronicles 29:10-13