A WORD FROM OLDER DIVINES ON ‘THANKSGIVING’
“You say, ‘If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.’ You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.” [C.H. Spurgeon]
“Thanksgiving is nothing if not a glad and reverent lifting of the heart to God in honor and praise for His goodness.” [Robert Casper Lintner]
“Our rural ancestors, with little blest, patient of labor when the end was rest, indulged the day that housed their annual grain, with feasts, and offerings, and a thankful strain.” [Alexander Pope]
“Remember God’s bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude!” [Henry Ward Beecher]
“A thanksgiving-day hath a double precedency of a fast-day.
On a fast-day we eye God’s anger; on a thanksgiving-day we look to God’s favor.
In the former we specially mind our corruptions; in the latter, God’s compassions;
therefore a fast-day calls for sorrow, a thanksgiving-day for joy.
But the Lord’s day is the highest thanksgiving day.” [George Swinnock ]
“The Christian who walks with the Lord and keeps constant communion with Him will see many reason for rejoicing and thanksgiving all day long.” [Warren Wiersbe]
“No longer forward nor behind
I look in hope or fear;
But, grateful, take the good I find,
The best of now and here.” [John Greenleaf Whittier]
“It must be an odd feeling to be thankful to nobody in particular.
Christians in public institutions often see this odd thing happening on Thanksgiving Day.
Everyone in the institution seems to be thankful ‘in general.’
It’s very strange. It’s a little like being married in general.” [Cornelius Plantingua, Jr.]
“Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel.” [Unknown]
“Taking for granted all the temporal provisions and spiritual blessings
that God has so richly bestowed on us,
and so failing to continually give thanks, is one of our “acceptable sins” [Jerry Bridges, Respectable Sins]
“O Lord, that lends me life, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness!” [William Shakespeare]
“Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.” [Psalm 150:6]
“If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.”
[Frank A. Clark]
” I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” [1 Timothy 2:1, 2]
“Praise is the best auxiliary to prayer; and he who most bears in mind what has been done for him by God will be most emboldened to supplicate fresh gifts from above.”
“If we meet someone who owes us thanks, we right away remember that.
But how often do we meet someone to whom we owe thanks without remembering that?” [Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe]
“Some people complain because God put thorns on roses, while others praise Him for putting roses among thorns.” [Anonymous]
“He who receives a good turn should never forget it; he who does one should never remember it.” [Charron]
“Gratitude is the least of the virtues, but ingratitude is the worst of vices.” [Thomas Fuller]
“Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.”[2 Cor 9:15]
“Do not fancy, as too many do, that thou canst praise God by singing hymns to Him in church once a week, and disobeying Him all the week long.
He asks of thee works as well as words; and more, he asks of thee works first and words after.” [Charles Kingsley]
“My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise. Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.
I will praise Thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations.” [Psalm 57:7 – 9]
“If anyone would tell you the shortest, surest way to happiness and all perfection he must tell you to make it a rule to yourself to thank and praise God for everything that happens to you. For it is certain that whatever seeming calamity happens to you, if you thank and praise God for it, you turn it into a blessing.”
“How wonderful it would be if we could help our children and grandchildren to learn thanksgiving at an early age.
Thanksgiving opens the doors. It changes a child’s personality … thankful children want to give, they radiate happiness, they draw people.” [Sir John Templeton]
“For a Christian thanksgiving, we must give thanks.”
“But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.” [Ephesians 5:3, 4]
Thank you, dear God
For all You have given me,
For all You have taken away from me,
For all You have left me.