THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26
“He will cover you with His pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and buckler.”
Psalm 91:4 (ESV)
THANKSGIVING AT NORTHSTAR: THANKS
Rudyard Kipling’s writings not only made him famous but also brought him a fortune. A newspaper reporter came up to him once and said, “Mr. Kipling, I just read that somebody calculated that the money you make from your writings amounts to over one hundred dollars a word.” He reached into his pocket and pulled out a one hundred-dollar bill and gave it to Kipling, saying, “Here’s a one-hundred-dollar bill, Mr. Kipling. Now you give me one of your hundred-dollar words.” Rudyard Kipling looked at the money, put it in his pocket and said, “Thanks!”
Well, the word “thanks” is certainly a one-hundred-dollar word. In fact, I would say it is more like a million-dollar word. It’s a small word but it has a powerful meaning. It might only have six letters but it gets across a message that few other words are capable of achieving. When that little word is missing, we feel it deeply.
The psalmist was thankful for God’s faithfulness. He saw God’s faithfulness as part of God’s protection. He knew that he could rely on God 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year.
Today we celebrate “Thanksgiving.” It’s the one day a year our nation has set aside specifically as a time to say “thanks.” God is faithful every day. And if the word “thanks” is a hundred-dollar word, saying “thanks” to God is priceless.
Before you indulge in a wonderful Thanksgiving meal today, invite everyone you are eating with to share one thing they are thankful to God for today.