Basically, what I'm trying to say is that Thanksgiving usually means "thanks giving", but what if we also made it mean "giving a reason for thanks"? If you're confused by now, don't worry; I will try to explain.
Sarah Hale worked for thirty-six years to have the country recognize a day to give thanks; finally, Abraham Lincoln in 1863 nationalized Thanksgiving Day as entreating God “commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife” and to “heal the wounds of the nation.” Once more, the reason for the season was about more than ourselves, it was about asking God to bless others.
What if we make this Thanksgiving more than just saying a quick thanks to God for our full stomachs and cozy homes? What if we passed on our blessings so others had reasons to give thanks? Yes, we should always live in an attitude of gratefulness; but for some people it is hard to focus on the blessings when they have to worry about feeding their children or making the next car payment. Maybe we can be God's Hands to them, just like the Indians did to our ancient grandparents so many years ago on the first Thanksgiving.
I made a list of things I am grateful for- such as
Then I tried to figure out ways that I can take each of my blessings and make them a way to give others a reason to give thanks.
Christian Martyrs Fund
The Christian Martyrs Fund (CMF) sponsors approximately 629 pastors and Christian workers (and/or their families) who were crippled or disabled by their persecution experiences. This program provides funds for recipients to buy food, clothing, and other necessities.
A letter from Grigorij and Sinaida Kostenko, Christian-Martyrs-Fund recipients in the Soviet Union:
From our hearts, we greet you in the name of Jesus Christ!
I was pleasantly surprised that you thought of me and this gift of love has been given to me. I am not worthy of such attention, but our communion through the blood of Jesus Christ which is more than physical has made you remember such a brother. Praise God, who has given us such love for each other. How can we repay? The Lord requires of us an honest service and a clean heart. May the Lord bless your efforts and reward you!
In 2001 my wife died. For three years, I lived by myself. Then the Lord gave me a wife, Sinaida Tarasova (now she is Kostenko). She was in prison twice for the sake of Christ, because she worked with printing Christian literature.
Please take from us these words of thanks for your care and attention to our needs. "The Lord bless thee and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace." Numbers 6: 24-26.
~Grigorij and Sinaida Kostenko
Do you want to help encourage needy, disabled Christian workers and their families?
Make a Donation: Christian Martyrs Fund"
There is an older song called "The Chain of Love" by Clay Walker; go listen to it on YouTube. It sums up the attitude of giving pretty well.
I challenge you to write your own list and come up with ways to spread the blessings. The sky is the limit when it comes to creative ways to be God's Hands. Do this Thanksgiving Challenge, and I'm willing to bet that this holiday will be more special than ever!