In other words: " ♫ Throw yo hands in the air and wave'em like ya just don't care ♫ " towards the Lord!
Well...here it comes again. The most important holiday of the the year that pretty much doesn't exist for most except as a day off to watch a dumb football game. Perhaps only to be improved upon mangling a 20 lb frozen bird and subsequently burn it to a crisp. This along with melting a plastic bag inside filled with the gizzards that you forgot to pull out before sticking it in the oven ;) .
Thanksgiving. A holiday that has its roots in the original Puritan settlers that came to American shores in hopes of building new lives in a new Promised Land. As a matter of fact these Puritans viewed their emigration from Europe as a virtual re-enactment of the Exodus. To them, England was Egypt, the king was the Pharaoh, the Atlantic Ocean was the Red Sea, America was the Land of Israel, and the Indians were the ancient Canaanites. The Puritans were the new Israelites, entering into a new covenant with God in a new Promised Land. Of course most modern secular celebrants would disavow this fact.
So in the tradition of those that have come before me I will sing God's praises this time of year regardless of how hard this year has been (...and you can ask my wife, this year was horrible).
"Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving." ~ Colossians 2:6-7
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. ~Psalm 95:1-7
When I actually have the time to tell the people of all the details of this deliverance in a future post on this blog, it will blow people away to see just how much God had going on behind the scenes to make it happen. When I will describe the exact manner in which it happened, people will realize that things on the magnitude of the Red Sea can still occur in this day and age if they are viewed properly...if they are viewed through a biblical lens. The year was literally hell...but the end of the year was epic. What else would we expect from a grandiose God that dwells on high?
Again we have been delivered Lord...and for this I thank You. No one said this journey was going to be easy and I know we may still have our Golden Calf moments. I also know that you are forgiving, merciful and full of grace Lord...and for this I thank You.