Take care that you do not forget the LORD your God. (Deuteronomy 8:11 NRSV)

Wouldn't it be awful to have all the bountiful blessings that you and I enjoy and have no one to thank? This is no season for atheists.

Hal Olsen, veteran missionary from Kenya, told of a doctor who had come to the field to use his skills to relieve suffering and pain. On one occasion he performed a delicate operation that saved a woman's life. As the patient recovered, she didn't express any appreciation, and the doctor was hurt. Olsen said, "One of the first lessons a new missionary must learn is that the people aren't waiting with open arms to applaud your work. Some tribal languages have no words to express the idea of 'thank you.'" Imagine that: no word by which to say thanks to God.

It is time to be thankful as the writer of Deuteronomy wrote, "You shall eat your fill and bless the Lord your God for the good land that he has given you." We have been richly blessed, and the most important blessing we have received is a savior named Jesus Christ. When we have Jesus Christ alive in our hearts, there is a thanksgiving spirit that will always be a part of our daily living.


Loving God, may Jesus be made more real in my heart today, as I become a better witness for him. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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