Sacrificial Thanks

Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God and keep the vows you made to the most high.
Giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me.
Psalm 50:14,23
NLT

November is a month when thoughts turn towards thankfulness. Last year I practiced thanksgiving by glimpsing the goodness in each day and sharing it on the blog.

This year feels different. Heavier. How can it not with death, disease, and discouragement on the doorstep? It is difficult to feel thankful during a season of hard and bleak.

I came across this passage in Psalms during October’s reading. I was struck by the fact that thankfulness and the giving of thanks is called a God-honoring sacrifice. It’s not just a feeling, though this is a tricky thing for me who has worked hard to find my feelings.

This November sacrificial thanks is the theme that has emerged. I hope to spend time intentionally giving thanks, even when it is hard or uncomfortable. Especially when it is hard and uncomfortable. When it is a sacrifice to give thanks or feel thankful for the life I have been given to live.

I hope to post thoughts and observations on sacrificial thanks this month leading up to Thanksgiving. I invite you to ponder, as well, the places where your thanks is a sacrifice offered to God in obedience and how you will glorify him through the hard stuff that we all experience.

3 thoughts on “Sacrificial Thanks

  1. Aunt Marilyn

    Looking forward to this month with you! Thanking Him for your thoughts and direction into God’s word! Thanking Him for the home He has given us and all the cleaning that goes with it! Back to work I go! 🙂

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  2. nick Kozel (Dad)

    A wonderful topic to unfold. Giving thanks is a Eucharistic activity. I Thessalonians 5:18 “in everything give thanks (eucharist-te-ite) for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you,” is how every Christian should respond to life’s happenings.

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Thanks for heart-composting with me! I appreciate your words.