A Blessing Tree This Thanksgiving

We recently celebrated my husband’s birthday with a big bash.  Every corner of the house was filled with spectacular flowers, live music, scrumptious food, and, of course, wonderful friends.  It was glorious!

The Blessing Tree
One dear friend contributed a hand-crafted decoration that really captured the spirit of the celebration. She brought a few tree branches from her garden and put them into a tall, slender vase.  Then, she hung exquisitely hand-wrapped miniature packages, curled colored ribbons and sparkling crystals from the limbs.  The result was enchanting.  I named it “the Blessing Tree” — a perfect metaphor for the occasion. 

God’s Overwhelming Goodness
As we move into this Thanksgiving season, I’ve been overwhelmed with God’s goodness to me this year.  Gazing at these packages, it struck me that each one represented a different blessing:  my amazing husband and family, restored health, time to work on our dream projects, reconciled friendships, deeper spiritual usefulness…the list was endless. Even each of the tough times — we had a few of these!– also eventually unwrapped a special blessing of its own.

Give Thanks
It’s been said that God gave each of us 86,400 seconds each day.  Have we used at least one of them today to say “thank you?” Do you have family and friends who love you? Do you have a place to live and food to eat? Can you read and write and make a living? Were you kept safe from harm? Did you learn something useful?

The Bible says that “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming from the Father” (James 1:17).  He is so infinitely kind and generous!  It also says that “We’ve been blessed to be a blessing” (Gen. 12:3).  As God has blessed us, we are to bless others so that all may have a reason to be thankful.

This season may we recognize the hundreds — indeed thousands — of ways God blesses us each day.  May you be quick to thank Him, and then give away some of those blessings hanging from the branches of your own tree, so that others, as well as you, may enjoy a very Happy Thanksgiving!

“The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.” Proverbs 11:25

 

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times you may abound in every good work.”  (2 Corinthians 9:8)

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(Photos courtesy of Carolyne Rohrig)

3 Comments

  1. Thanks for your article and the reminder to be thankful everyday. We certainly have an amazing hope to finally be in a place with no more wars, tears, pain, or suffering. Meanwhile, there are so many reasons to appreciate all that God has made in this life! We don’t know what a day will hold… but as Christians we know who holds it.

  2. great reminder…now to put it into practice…I’m not very good at it, I tend to forget because I’m so self-absorbed in my own world…thank God Jesus was thankful all the time on my behalf and that record is mine by virtue of my union with him

    • Indeed. Aren’t we blessed to have a “high priest who is able to sympathize with our weaknesses” and “has been tempted in every way, just as we are — yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15)
      But, the Scriptures do call us to “always give thanks to God the Father for everything” (Ephesians 5:20) and “How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!”
      (Psalm 147:1) “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Phil. 4:4) He is worthy!
      Bless you.
      ~Marion

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