Thanks 1

Well…   if you have been following this thanksgiving countdown you will notice that this last post (#1) comes on the day AFTER Thanksgiving. No…  I didn’t miscount. I wanted to make the point that thanksgiving is something we carry through the big events and holidays of life into the everyday, Monday morning life we lead.

Oh yeah…   tomorrow isn’t Monday morning though…   it’s ‘Black Friday’…   the BIGGEST shopping day of the year. Not the best way to follow a holiday intending to cultivate thanks I think…  I mean…   pushing and shoving and buying buying buying. Sure…   we SAY we are shopping for holiday gifts (and we might) but how many of us will bring home far more things for US.

My hope is that we can all lead a richer, fuller life by remaining thankful everyday. Let’s make our prayer for today Psalm 26. I have included it below from The Message version of the Bible. It puts the old difficult ‘bible language’ into a more natural conversational way:

1 Clear my name, God; I’ve kept an honest shop.
I’ve thrown in my lot with you, God, and
I’m not budging.

2 Examine me, God, from head to foot,
order your battery of tests.
Make sure I’m fit
inside and out

3 So I never lose
sight of your love,
But keep in step with you,
never missing a beat.

4-5 I don’t hang out with tricksters,
I don’t pal around with thugs;
I hate that pack of gangsters,
I don’t deal with double-dealers.

6-7 I scrub my hands with purest soap,
then join hands with the others in the great circle,
dancing around your altar, God,
Singing God-songs
(songs of THANKSGIVING in the original text)

at the top of my lungs,
telling God-stories.

8-10 God, I love living with you;
your house glows with your glory.
When it’s time for spring cleaning,
don’t sweep me out with the quacks and crooks,
Men with bags of dirty tricks,
women with purses stuffed with bribe-money.

11-12 You know I’ve been aboveboard with you;
now be aboveboard with me.
I’m on the level with you, God;
I bless you every chance I get.