Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving (A day late)

I have been thinking about Thanksgiving all week. It is like a memorial day to God.
I have been reminded all week about the story in Joshua 3-4 about the crossing of the Jordan river into the promised land. If you read the story the Jordan was flooded and the priests were to carry the ark and walk into the waters. As they did that the waters were parted "and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground"(3:17)

When they had passed God told Joshua to get 12 men(one from each tribe) and collect 12 stones from the bed of the Jordan. They set them up where they would camp for a memorial so the future generations could know what happened at that place. When we reflect on Thanksgiving it is a perfect time to teach our children what happen in our history. Like maybe why the pilgrims were here in the first place. We are thankful to our God and our creator for allowing us a place of freedom.

In 4:9 you see Joshua set up 12 stones in the Jordan where the priests had stood holding the waters back while carrying the ark. These are thanksgiving memorials each of us carry and can reflect on that others do not see, but are there nonetheless. God knows our hearts and knows if we are truly thankful to him or just going through the motions.

So what are you thankful for?
Will you take some time to thank God for it?

Still clinging to my God and my guns,

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