Well, obviously a lot of Americans are having thankful thoughts today, and I’m certainly no exception.
I just did a quick search for the word “thanksgiving” in the Bible, and I found 40 results. From Leviticus to Revelation I found men full of need, needs being met, and thanksgiving to God. True Thanksgiving isn’t found merely in a bountiful table of food, or being with friends and family for the day. No, true thanksgiving can only be to God. After all…if it wasn’t for Him, no one on the planet would be on the planet. And there really wouldn’t be anything at all to be thankful for or to.
So…on this special day we Americans set aside and call “Thanksgiving” I’d like to say how thankful I am to have so many blessings in my life…
- A wife and helpmate who loves, cares, and nurtures
- You, for reading my words and listening to my music
- Digital tools that make my work so much easier to create and share
- A very nice roof over my head
- An unquenchable thirst for knowledge and wisdom
- And most of all…God…who made a way for me to live eternally in paradise
Those are just a few of my thankful thoughts today. My blessings outnumber my trials and tribulations, and I pray that you can say that for yourself, too. Now, I’d like to share the lyrics to an older song of mine. They mildly express the joy in my heart…
I Can’t Hide It
Down in my heart; down deep in my heart
Is a place where no one ever goes,
But that’s about to stop; I know it’s gonna stop
‘Cause I’ve been changed by You, and I know it shows.
There’s a smile on my face…
I can’t hide it.
My feet quickened their pace…
I can’t hide it.
You have opened the door
To my poor heart once more,
And it’s You I live for…I can’t hide it.
You listen to me; listen closely to me…
I wanna rise up from ashes of defeat.
I need Your grace; I need all of Your grace
‘Cause I know it’s what makes me feel complete.
I had always worked things out inside,
And then I saw my foolish heart had lied.
Now I have my chance; my only chance…
Not make believe; not a shadow dance.
© 1999 Tony Funderburk
In Faith, Hope, and Love…